Services for Elder Refugees
Assisting the elder-refugees who are 60 years old or older to achieve an acceptable measure of social integration into general community and to increase ability to utilize mainstream resource.
The services provided is related to the United States citizenship acquisition to ensure preservation of the benefits by elder refugees, assistance with preparing
and submitting citizenship applications, applications for medical waivers as well as assistance with the USCIS interviews, crises intervention case management, help finding health insurance, and social activities. We colaborate with Lend a Hend and 29th Street C.A.N. to involve our clients in social activities.
Beginning in September 2010, certain refugees and other humanitarian immigrants who are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) began to receive notices indicating
that their benefits will stop.The Social Security Administration is taking this action because, for some, the two-year extension in eligibility provided by the SSI Extension for
Elderly and Disabled Refugees Act (P.L. 110-328) will expire on October 1, 2010.
Others will continue to receive benefits until their 9 years of eligibility expire or until September 30, 2011, whichever comes first. The
notices contain specific language regarding how these individuals may be able to continue to receive SSI. In general, individuals who receive the notices may
still be eligible for SSI if:·
They have applied for U.S. citizenship with the Department of Homeland Security and their application is pending, or·
Their application for U.S. citizenship has been approved.
If either situation exists, the individual should submit proof to their local Social Security office. For those individuals who provide proof that their citizenship applications are pending, SSI benefits can continue through September 30, 2011, when the SSI extension law expires.
Please note: Once these individuals become U.S. citizens, SSI benefits are no longer time-limited.I would also like to let you know about a recent class action settlement called the “Kaplan Class.” This settlement allows individuals to ask the Department of Homeland Security to expedite a pending application for U.S. citizenship and to ask for a waiver of any associated fees.
For additional information or questions about the settlement, call the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services call center at 1-800-375-5283 or 1-800-767-1833 (TTY). Additional information regarding citizenship eligibility, process, and resources can be found at www.uscis.gov/citizenship.