From its earliest days, New York City has been a city of immigrants. Seelig Law Offices is proud to call this city, the home of the Statue of Liberty and many vibrant communities of people who have moved here to create a better life for themselves our home as well.
The American Dream is a powerful motivator that draws many people to our shores, but it is not accessible to everyone. Just like citizens, legal aliens sometimes fall on hard times and need assistance meeting their basic needs. One of the programs they can turn to under certain circumstances is the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program administered through the Social Security Administration.
SSI provides monetary aid to low-income individuals who are over the age of 65, legally blind, or disabled. Disabled or blind children may also qualify for benefits.
To be eligible to receive SSI benefits, an individual must prove:
Many non-citizens, also called “aliens” for immigration purposes, are eligible for SSI benefits. According to the Social Security Administration, there are 7 categories of aliens who qualify for SSI benefits:
In addition, you can be a “deemed qualified alien” if, under certain circumstances, you, your child or parent were subjected to battery or extreme cruelty by a family member while in the United States.
Seelig Law Offices has years of experience helping non-citizens apply for disability benefits. We would welcome the opportunity to talk to you about your eligibility for SSI or other benefit programs. Please contact our office to schedule a free appointment.