SSI Benefits for Immigrants

SSI Benefits for Immigrants

Are you an immigrant who is a senior citizen or disabled? If you have little to no income to live on, you may be wondering if there are any government programs that can help you pay for your basic living expenses. If you meet the requirements, you may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

What is SSI? It is a federal program that is not funded by Social Security taxes. Instead, it is funded by tax revenues. SSI was designed to help people who are elderly, disabled or blind, and who have little to no income to live on.

SSI is a valuable program that helps the aged and disabled meet their basic needs for food, clothing and shelter. In some cases, non-citizens, also known as “aliens,” are eligible for SSI benefits providing the alien meets the requirements that were made effective on August 22, 1996.

To receive SSI benefits, you must:

  • Meet the requirements for a “qualified alien,” and
  • Meet one of the conditions that would allow you to receive SSI benefits.

Are you a qualified alien?

There are seven (7) categories of qualified aliens, according to the Social Security Administration. To be a qualified alien, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must place you in one of the following categories:

  • You were lawfully admitted for permanent resident status (LAPR).
  • You were granted conditional entry.
  • You were paroled into the U.S. for at least one year under Sec. 212(d)(5) of the INA.
  • You are a refugee who was admitted under Sec. 207 of the INA.
  • Your deportation has been withheld under Sec. 243 (h) of the INA.
  • You are being treated as a Haitian or Cuban entrant.

Additionally, you may be considered a “deemed qualified alien” if you or a close relative, such as your child, has been subjected to extreme cruelty by another family member while living in the United States.

If you fit in one of the seven qualifying categories listed above, you may be considered a “qualified alien” and eligible for SSI benefits.

For detailed information about SSI benefits for aliens, and to learn more about the additional eligible alien categories, please contact a Dallas Social Security Disability attorney from The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC for help.