SSA logo: link to Social Security Online home2114. What are other requirements for SSI eligibility?

In addition to the categorical and need criteria described above, you must file an application and meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Be a resident of one of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, or the Northern Mariana Islands, or be a child who is a U.S. citizen and lives outside the U.S. with a parent in the U.S. armed forces;

  2. Be a citizen of the U.S., or an alien in an immigration category qualified to receive Federal benefits and meet certain additional requirements (see §2115);

  3. Not be a resident of a public institution throughout a month (see §2121);

  4. Not be absent from the U.S. for a calendar month unless:

    1. You are a child who is a U.S. citizen and lives outside the U.S. with a parent in the U.S. armed forces; or

    2. You are a student who is temporarily abroad for the purpose of conducting studies, (see §2116);

  5. File for any other benefits for which you are potentially eligible (see §2117);

  6. Not be a fugitive felon (see §2119);

  7. Not be violating a condition of parole or probation (see §2120); and

  8. Give SSA permission to contact any financial institution at any time and request any financial records that financial institution may have about you. Other people who are responsible for your support must also give SSA their permission to contact any financial institution at any time and request any financial records that financial institution may have about them (see §2167 for more information about the process we call "deeming").

Last Revised: Feb. 2, 2007