How the System Works for SSD/SSI Benefits
While some may assume there are egregious motives behind the denial of SSI benefits to non-citizens, the fact of the matter is non-citizens are often not required to pay Social Security taxes. Therefore, when they are seeking benefits from SSI, they are often not extended due to the fact that they did not pay anything into the Department of Social Security to begin with.
Eligibility for SSDI Benefits
- You must have a Social Security number assigned on or after January 1, 2004, making you eligible for employment in the U.S.;
- Or you must also have a non-immigrant visa that is a B-1, D-1, or D-2;
- You must also be able to prove that you are legally in the U.S.;
- And you must also be able to comply with all other eligibility criteria (technical and medical) to receive benefits.
Primary Categories for Qualifying for SSDI
- Must have been conditionally admitted to the U.S. under the “Conditional Entrants” laws on or before April 1, 1980
- Must be an LAPR, a Lawfully Admitted Permanent Resident of the U.S.
- Under certain circumstances, must be a parolee in the U.S. for over a year
- Must hold refugee status
- If removal or deportation from the U.S. is not an option, must have been granted asylum in the U.S.
- Must be a Haitian or Cuban non-citizen who was granted admittance to the U.S. under the Refugee Education and Assistance Act of 1980
- Must be an alien (or in certain instances, a family member of an alien) who has suffered an egregious level of cruelty or battery in one’s own nation
- If you are a Native American that holds membership in a federally recognized tribe and were born in Canada.
- If you are an immigrant from Afghanistan or Iraq who aided the U.S. government or military while overseas.
- If you are a human trafficking victims, under specific circumstances.