Ukrainian Refugees May Be Entitled to SSI

Empire Justice Center July 31, 2022

President Biden signed the Additional Ukrainian Supplemental Appropriations Act on May 21, 2022, which allows citizens, nationals, or residents of Ukraine paroled to the United States between February 24, 2022, and September 30, 2023, to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits if otherwise eligible for seven years. Sponsor deeming will not apply.  These provisions comport with SSI eligibility provisions for refugees and asylees.


See the Immigrant Eligibility for Public Benefits in New York State chart that maps out noncitizen eligibility for a number of federal and New York State benefits, prepared and updated by the Empire Justice Center and New York Immigrant Coalition. See also the April edition of this newsletter for details on potential SSI eligibility for Non-Special Immigrant Parolees from Afghanistan under Section 2502 of the Afghanistan Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022.