SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME (SSI) ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Anyone who is:
aged (age 65 or older);
has limited income; and
has limited resources; and
is a U.S. citizen or national, or in one of certain categories of aliens; and
In general, an alien who is subject to an active warrant for deportation or removal does not meet the citizenship/alien requirement.
is a resident of one of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, or the Northern Mariana Islands; and
is not absent from the country for a full calendar month or for 30 consecutive days or more; and
is not confined to an institution (such as a hospital or prison) at the government's expense; and
applies for any other cash benefits or payments for which he or she may be eligible, (for example, pensions, Social Security benefits); and
gives SSA permission to contact any financial institution and request any financial records about you; and
files an application; and
meets certain other requirements.
WHAT DOES "AGED" MEAN?
"Aged" means age 65 or older.
WHAT IS "BLINDNESS" FOR AN ADULT OR CHILD?
Blindness in our disability programs means:
you have a central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in your better eye with use of a correcting lens; or
you have a visual field limitation in your better eye, such that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle no greater than 20 degrees.
If you have a visual impairment, but В not blind according to our rules as defined above, you may still be eligible for SSI benefits on the basis of disability.В See the definitions of disability for children and adults below.В
WHAT DOES “DISABLED” MEAN FOR A CHILD?
If you are under age 18 we may consider you “disabled” if you have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment, (including an emotional or learning problem) that:
results marked and severe functional limitations; and
can be expected to result in death; or
has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.
If you are age 18 or older, the adult definition of disability explained below applies.