Public Benefits for Immigrants

Self Help Legal Information

  • Can Immigrants Get Unemployment Compensation?

    Which immigrant groups can get state unemployment compensation? Which groups can get federal unemployment? Read this document for answers to these questions and much more. (You must have a PDF reader on your computer to open this document. To get Adobe’s PDF Reader, click on the Get Adobe Reader icon to download.) Content Detail

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    National Employment Law Project
  • Immigrant Eligibility for Federal Programs: Overview

    Table showing eligibility for major federal public assistance programs, including Social Security and SSI, Food Stamps, TANF, Medicaid (Emergency and Full Scope), Children's Health Insurance, Medicare, HUD Public Housing and Section 8. (You must have a PDF reader on your computer to open this document. To get Adobe’s PDF Reader, click on the Get Adobe Reader icon to download.) Content Detail

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    National Immigration Law Center
  • Living in the United States: A Guide for Immigrant Youth

    Do you know your immigration status? Do you know how to get a green card? Do you know how to get an I.D. or driver's license? Do you know how to get public benefits? Read this booklet for answers to these questions and much more. Also in Spanish/Español Read More

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    Immigrant Legal Resource Center
  • Public Charge: When Is It Safe to Use Public Benefits?

    What is public charge? Can I use health benefits like Medicaid or children's insurance? Can I use food stamps (SNAP)? Can I use supplemental security income (SSI), temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) or general assistance? Read this document for answers and much more information. Also in Spanish/Español Read More

    By:
    National Immigration Law Center
  • Social Security Numbers for Noncitizens

    How do I apply for a Social Security Number and card? Do I need proof of immigration status, work eligibility, age and identity? Read this fact sheet for answers to these questions and more information. Also in Spanish/Español Read More

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    Social Security Administration
  • Sponsored Immigrants and Benefits

    What is a sponsor? What is an Affidavit of Support? Does a sponsor's income count when the immigrant applies for public benefits? Will the sponsor need to repay benefits used by the sponsored immigrants? (You must have a PDF reader on your computer to open this document. To get Adobe’s PDF Reader, click on the Get Adobe Reader icon to download.) Content Detail

    By:
    National Immigration Law Center
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for Noncitizens

    Who can get Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? What is the seven year limit? Do I need proof of status? Do I need a Social Security Number? This fact sheet answers these questions and more. Also in Spanish/Español Read More

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    Social Security Administration