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238 If I am a permanent resident, can I get public benefits?




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238 If I am a permanent resident, can I get public benefits?

You can get many public benefits. These include,
o most forms of Medicaid
o food stamps (if you have amnesty as a farm worker)
o unemployment benefits
o Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if you are 65 or over, blind,
or disabled
o Social Security retirement or disability
o help with housing costs
o most federal scholarships and student loans
o county general assistance

However, there are some benefits you cannot get for five years after you
filed your first amnesty application. These are,
o food stamps (if you have amnesty because you came to United States
before Jan. 1, 1982)
o welfare (AFDC)

Your family members who are U.S. citizens are eligible for all forms
of public benefits.



 

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