SSI and Immigrants

Tuesday January 29

  • By: MSBA Immigration Law and Social Security Disability Law Sections
  • CLE Credit
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, MN
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  • Source: Minnesota >

Social security attorneys and immigration attorneys should be aware of how the social security regulations apply to non-citizens in order to be effective counsel. It is not true that you must be a citizen of the United States to be eligible for social security disability even if you do not have work history and are low income. Certain types of immigrants can apply for and receive social security disability and attorneys should be familiar with the social security rules and regulations for non-citizen eligibility.

Ms. Melnick will explore which types of immigrants may apply for SSI benefits and discuss the nuances surrounding the application process, immigrant status and maintaining benefits. This is a CLE that immigration attorneys should attend in order to properly advise clients and that social security attorneys should attend in order to expand and enhance their practices!

Laura Melnick
Laura Melnick has been a legal aid attorney since 1985, starting her career in rural Minnesota and spending the last 25 years in the government benefits unit at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) in St. Paul, where she is currently a senior staff attorney. Ms. Melnick graduated Magna Cum Laude from Carleton College and got her JD from the University of Colorado.

  • CLE Credit Comments: 1.5 hours of Standard CLE credits applied for Event Code: 175142