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Disability Law Offices of Tony Adderley

Disability Benefits, Non-Citizens, And Non-Residents

  • By: Tony Adderley
  • Published: May 20, 2015
HOW SOCIAL SECURITY DECIDES IF YOU ARE DISABLED IN LA

The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides disability benefits to millions of Americans, but Social Security also makes provisions for some immigrants to qualify for some benefits. You may not have realized it, but being a U.S. citizen is not a requirement for receiving Social Security payments. Noncitizens who are “lawfully in the United States and meet all eligibility requirements” may qualify. If you are an immigrant who has been employed in the United States, and you are now disabled and unable to work, discuss your case with an experienced Los Angeles Social Security disability attorney at once. You may be eligible to receive monthly disability benefits.

Obtaining Social Security disability benefits is difficult even if you are a fully-disabled U.S. citizen and you’ve worked all your life. If you are also dealing with immigration issues, your situation is twice as complex because you are dealing with two huge bureaucracies – the immigration system and the Social Security system. Nevertheless, if you have been legally employed in the United States and you are now disabled, it’s possible that you qualify. If you’re in southern California, an experienced Los Angeles Social Security disability attorney can help you determine precisely what disability benefits you may be eligible to receive.

If you have earned enough “credits” working in the United States to qualify for disability benefits, that’s only the first hurdle. You must also prove that you are disabled and unable to work, and you’ll have to produce extensive medical evidence. A good disability attorney can make sure that you receive the medical treatment you need and obtain the medical documentation that Social Security requires. If you are an immigrant seeking disability benefits – or if you’ve been denied benefits that you believe you deserve – arrange at once to speak with an experienced Los Angeles Social Security disability attorney.

About the Author Tony Adderley has been working as a professional advocate for
individuals entitled to Social Security Disability (SSD) and worker’s
compensation benefits for more than 20 years.