For many people citizenship is an opportunity to achieve a new identity and to participate in civic life, including voting. But for some, citizenship is critical to their economic security and well-being. Under current law, refugees and other humanitarian immigrants are only able to retain eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for seven years and failure to naturalize may mean the loss of benefits. By definition, SSI recipients can’t work—they are either disabled or over 65. Those who have lived and worked in the U.S.
Opening Doors for New Americans since 1882