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If I Am Not A Citizen, Am I Eligible?
Posted in: Benefits on September 1st, 2011

eligibilityDue to the fact that both Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income are drawn from revenues that are related to taxes, many people who are not American citizens may wonder about their eligibility for these programs.  In the event that you are not a citizen of the United States, are you eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, and if this is the case, what sorts of additional materials are needed?

For Legal Aliens

Obviously, the first requirement for non-citizens is to be a legal alien in the United States.  Those who are in the country illegally are not eligible for either Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income.  Other than the requirement that the applicant be a legal resident of the United States, the following disability qualifications must be met for non-citizens to receive either Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Insurance:

  • Have worked in jobs that are covered by Social Security
  • Have a medical qualification that the Social Security Administration considers a disability
  • Have a Social Security Number

If you do not have a Social Security Number, you can receive one by contacting the Social Security Administration – there is actually a new process that is specifically designed for those who would like to apply to Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income yet do not have this form of identification.

If you or your child is over the age of 18, you can apply for a Social Security Number at the same time that you apply for immigrant visas.  Be sure to call the Social Security Administration for more information about applying for either Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security income as a legal alien.


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