Social Security Disability Benefits for Non-U.S. Citizens
Many permanent residents or aliens who live in the United States are unaware that they have access to some of the same benefits United States citizens do. As for Social Security disability benefits, non-citizens can be eligible to file if they are in compliance with certain criteria. In order to file for disability benefits, you must have a Social Security number and card. You can apply for a SSN the same time you apply for an immigrant visa.
If you are working in the United States, paying Social Security taxes, and have worked the required amount of time at the job, you should be eligible to receive disability benefits. Do not suffer any longer if you are being denied benefits simply because you are not a citizen. To speak with a qualified attorney, contact the Indianapolis Social Security disability lawyers of the Hankey Law Office today at 317-634-8565 to schedule a free consultation.
Exceptions to Disability Benefits
Like citizens, non-citizens have to have a severe condition that does not allow them to work or earn money in order to qualify for disability. Additionally, they must also be paying Social Security taxes. However, there are some exceptions to the requirements. In special situations, some programs allow noncitizens to receive benefits. The exceptions are:
- Part B Medicare
- Supplemental Security income (SSI)
You must meet certain requirements for Medicare and Supplementary Security income. To receive Medicare you must have been living in the United States for at least five years and be over the age of 65. For SSI, applicants must be making a low amount of money as well as be paying Social Security taxes.
At the Hankey Law Office, we can help you defend your rights if you have been unfairly denied your disability benefits. Do not hesitate to call the experienced Indianapolis Social Security disability lawyers today at 317-634-8565.