Eligibility Conditions For Supplemental Security Income

The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides some extra benefits to those disabled individuals (and their dependents) who have limited sources of income. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is one of these benefits. Individuals who fulfill the following eligibility criteria can apply for the benefits.

Individuals who are:

* Above the age of 65, or
* Disabled, or
* Blind

and who

* have filed the appropriate application for obtaining SSI, and

* have limited sources of income (such as income from work, from Social Security, Department of Veteran Affairs, unemployment benefits, free food and shelter), and

* have limited resources (such as cash on them, bank deposits, land holdings, vehicles, insurance or any other thing which could be converted into liquid cash), and

* are a resident of either of the 50 states of the United States of America, including Northern Mariana Islands and the District of Columbia (non-citizens who fulfill the criteria under the 1996 legislation can also apply), and

* obtain any other type of cash benefits, or payment for which they qualify, and

* are willing to give the requisite financial detail to the SSA or allow the agency to collect necessary financial records about you from any financial institution you have or are dealing with, and

* meet other requirements duly notified by the SSA.

If individuals are able to fulfill all the above conditions this does not mean that they can get Supplemental Security Income. There are a few things which they should "not" be in order to attain Supplemental Security Income from the SSA. The added criteria that they should fulfill are as follows:

* Individuals who sell their resource or undersell their resource in order to fall into the low resource category are not eligible for any SSI benefits.

* In order to be eligible for monthly SSI benefits, an individual should not be declared a fugitive felon by a court of the land during that month.

* If an individual is sentenced to a prison term then his/her SSI benefits would be withdrawn for all the full calendar months that they are in prison.

* Individuals should not be admitted to any federal or state health institution or any other type of institution run up either of the two type of government. If they are a resident of any such type of institution, their SSI payment would be stopped. In order to restart it in the wake of leaving the institution, they would have to follow the prerelease procedures described in the SSI spotlight.

* Those individuals who are receiving SSI benefits as non-citizens should ensure that they meet the criteria for non-citizen all the time. If they lose it then SSI payments would stop.