Eligibility

2111. What are the General Eligibility Requirements for SSI?
As stated previously, to be eligible for SSI, you must meet all of the eligibility criteria described in §§2111 herein, Section 2112, Section 2113, and Section 2114 that are further summarized herein below. No one, except for converted recipients described in §2109 and §2172, can become eligible for SSI benefits without filing an application. It is important that you read this section of the Handbook for more detailed information.

2112. What are the Categories of Eligibility for SSI?
In order to be eligible for SSI benefits, you must fit one or more of the following three categories:

  1. Be Aged meaning being age 65 or older;
  2. Be Blind meaning that your vision, with use of a correcting lens, is 20/200 or less in the better eye or who has tunnel vision of 20 degrees or less. There is no minimum age limit for being blind (See also §2172); OR
  3. Be Disabled meaning the following:
    1. A person age 18 or older who is unable to engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA) due to a medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death, or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than twelve (12) months.
    2. A person under the age of 18 must have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment that results in marked and severe functional limitation(s), and which can be expected to result in death, or has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than twelve (12) months.

For all categories of eligibility for SSI, it is important that you read this section of the Handbook for more detailed information.

2113. What is Eligibility Criteria Based on Need?
Eligibility criteria based on need means that you don’t make enough money according to the law and you don’t own any property, including cash, that is more than the amount allowed by law. These amounts do vary so for more details on eligibility criteria based on need, then see this section of the Handbook for more detail.

2114. What are Other Requirements for SSI Eligibility?
In addition to the eligibility requirements described above, you must file an application with the SSA and meet all of the eligibility requirements of this section. Therefore, it is important that you review this section of the handbook carefully along with the following sections: §2115, §2121, §2116, §2117, §2119, §2120; and §2167.

2115. What is Citizenship/Alien Status?
Citizenship/Alien Status means that you are a U.S. citizen either by birth or by naturalization (See also §1725), or you are a qualified alien if you meet one of the categories listed in “A” through “H” of this section that can be found in this section of the actual handbook so if you want to know if you qualify as an Alien, then see this section of the Handbook for more detail.

2116. What if I am Absent from the United States?
You are not eligible for SSI benefits for certain times that you are absent from the United States and these times vary so for more information, then see this section of the Handbook for more detail.

2117. Should I also File for Other Benefits if I am Disabled?
It is important to note that SSI is a program of last resort. As such, it is important that you explore other options for benefits, private and public, for which you may qualify in the event of a disability.

2119. Are Fugitive Felons Eligible for SSI?
Generally, no, fugitive felons are not eligible for SSI, but it is important that you see this section of the Handbook for more detailed information.

2120. If I am on Probation and Parole and Violate my Probation and/or Parole, then am I Eligible for SSI?
Generally, no, if you are in violation of your parole and/probation you are not eligible for SSI, but it is also important to see this section of the Handbook for more detailed information.

2121. If I am Institutionalized, then am I Eligible for SSI?
Institutionalization may affect your eligibility and your benefit rate so it is important to see this section of the Handbook for more detailed information. See also §2178 and §2179.

2122. Does Marriage Change my SSI Benefits?
Marriage may change your SSI benefits since marriage helps the SSA determine whether there is an eligible couple or two eligible individuals that are married so it is important to see this section of the Handbook for more detailed information. See also §2167.

2123. How are SSI Benefits Calculated for “Eligible Couples”?
SSI Benefits are calculated for eligible couples according to income and resources so it is important to see this section of the Handbook for more detailed information.

2124. Is Possible to be Eligible for SSI Under More Than One Category?
Yes, it is possible for you to be eligible for SSI under more than one (1) of the three (3) eligibility categories of: Aged; Blind, or Disabled. Again, it is important to see this section of the Handbook for more detailed information.

2125. Once I Receive SSI Benefits, does the SSA Continue to Monitor My Eligibility?
Yes, in most, but not all, cases the SSA A will periodically reevaluate the eligibility of each SSI recipient to make sure that eligibility continues and that payments are in the proper amount. It is important to see this section of the Handbook for more detailed information.

2126. What are my Recipient Reporting Requirements?
You must report events or changes in circumstances as they may affect your eligibility or payment amount, and you must make these repots within certain time limits so it is important to see this section of the Handbook for more detailed information.

2127. What Happens in Cases of Fraud?
The Penalties for fraud include, but are not limited to, criminal penalties of fines and imprisonment, similar to crimes for other violations of the law.

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