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Social Security for Immigrants

Individuals that are immigrants in the U.S. have had many questions that dealt with Social Security and benefits. Uncertainties of the qualifications needed for Social Security for immigrants or if spouses of immigrants can receive their own benefit even if they never worked often lead to questions like the ones answered below by the Experts.

If an individual receives social security benefits. Soon this individual will be legally custodians to two children from Mexico. Will this individual be able to apply for social security benefits for these children once they gain custody?

When the legal status as a custodial parent is given to you along with court documents naming you as the custodial parents then you absolutely can apply for Social Security benefits for the two children that you will be legal custodians of. Just take your court documents to the Social Security office and fill out the application for your children.

I have an employee who is an immigrant. The immigrant has a green card and worked for the last 20 years in the United States. They recently found out that they have an incurable terminal cancer. Is this immigrant eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?

If your employee has paid into the Social Security system and maintains their green card then they can apply for Social Security disability benefits. If the individual has not paid into the Social Security system then they can apply for SSI, which is also for disabilities but for those who have not paid into SS.

My 54 year old child is still a British subject but has worked in USA on two occasions for a total of about 20 years. They have landed immigrant status and have always paid the required Social Security withholdings. If they elect to retire back in the U.K. will he be able to receive the benefits from their account?

Since your child has worked in the U.S. and paid into Social Security by having their SS taxes withheld from his wages then they will be able to get benefits when they reach full retirement age. The Social Security Administration has a variation on when the full retirement age will be. Currently the full retirement age is 65 years old, but that can change depending on when a person was born.

My parent is 73 years old and sick. If I bring them to the U.S. as a permanent resident will they get Medicaid, Medicare or SSI?

Individuals that bring a family member into the U.S. agree to sponsor that family member and in turn are responsible for that person financially for 10 years. You would become your parent’s sponsor and in turn SS will count yours and your spouse’s (if you have one) income and resources as your parent’s income and resources. Qualifications for the mentioned programs are going to be based on that income and resources.

We are landed immigrants (now US Citizens). I have worked in the USA for 20 plus years (paid taxes etc.) and qualify for SS. My spouse has never worked here. We are now each 64 years old. Can my spouse claim any SS benefits on their own or are we limited only to my allowed benefits?

Your spouse would be entitled to their own spousal benefits. Which in turn means you would also have your own benefits. Your significant other’s spousal benefits can be as high as half of your primary insurance amount. This is all dependent on the spouse’s age at retirement. If the spouse chooses to draw their spousal benefit before full retirement age then they will receive a reduced benefit amount. The maximum they could receive is half the amount that you would receive and that is if they draw their benefits at the full retirement age.

Knowing the right information and having a clear understanding of Social Security for Immigrants can help when faced with situations that involve Social Security benefits. Experts can help answer questions about qualifications of immigrants regarding to Social Security or if non-citizens can draw Social Security benefits? Get the answers fast and affordably by asking an Expert.
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