What are the Social Security Disability requirements for non-citizens to receive a check?
Learn about the residency and other requirements that non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. nationals must meet to get a Social Security Disability check.
Social Security Disability Requirements for Non-citizens
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 many Social Security-covered work credits do I need to get 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 non-immigrant 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.
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