Social Security Disability Requirements
You may be able to get a Social Security Disability check each month even if you are not a U.S. citizen or a U.S. national. If you are an alien, to get Social Security Disability benefits, you must meet the same disability and work-credit rules as a citizen. Please refer to our articles “What Is Disability According to Social Security Laws?” and “How Much Social Security-covered Work Do I Need to Receive Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits?”
Other Rules for Disabled Aliens
Additionally, you have to meet two other eligibility requirements. First, if you were assigned a Social Security number on or after January 2, 2004, the number must have been assigned based on your authorization to work in the United States or you must have been admitted to the United States at any time as a nonimmigrant visitor for business with a B-1 status or as an alien crewman with a D-1 or D-2 status.
Second, for any month you are claiming disability, before you will be paid a Social Security Disability check, you must show that you were legally present in the United States for that benefit month.