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Can a Non-US Citizen Get Social Security Disability?

Non-citizens, who work in the United States, usually pay Social Security payroll taxes like everyone else and may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).


For a Non-citizen (alien) to qualify for SSDI, he/she must meet an exception condition that allows qualified aliens to get SSDI. The qualified alien must have worked enough time in a job covered by Social Security and he/she must have a medical condition that Social Security considers a disability.

The Social Security Administration has a process for non-citizens to apply for Social Security Number (SSN) cards, as part of the immigration process. Now, people age 18 and older applying for immigrant visas with the U.S. Department of State can also apply for SSN cards at the same time.

The Social Security Administration has a very informative website. If you want more information about Social Security’s immigration policy, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/immigration.

If you are not a citizen of the United States, but you think you might be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance, you can discuss your situation with a qualified Social Security Disability attorney.