[pdf] Social Security Administration Program Operations Manual System (POMS) (July 2017) (+)

Program Operations Manual System (POMS) sections discussing non-work social security numbers for immigrants who are not work authorized. Discussing under what circumstances immigrants not authorized to work can obtain non-work social security numbers. These are available primarily for immigrants who are eligible for state or federally funded public benefits which can include VAWA self-petitioners. Current as of July 24, 2017.

[pdf] Hawaii Materials Benefits-Confidentiality Training (March 15, 2017) (+)

Materials list covering the following topics: Legal Rights Overview and Brochures; Access to Public Benefits and Services for Immigrant Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victims; Child Care; Drivers’ Licenses; Education; Health Care; Shelter and Transitional Housing; Public and Assisted Housing; LIHEAP; Non-Work Social Security Numbers; Public Charge and Immigrant Victims; TANF; VAWA Confidentiality; Legal Services Representation of Immigrant Victims; and Immigrant Victim’s Immigration Options

Evidence Checklists For Work With Immigrant Survivors (February 11, 2017)

NIWAP has developed a number of checklists that assist attorneys and advocates working with immigrant survivors to prepare for a variety of legal cases on behalf of immigrant survivors.  Some of the following checklists are geared toward preparing to accompany a victim who will be applying for state or federal public benefits that the victim […]

[pdf] Triagency Letter: Citizenship Immigration Status and Social Security Numbers (January 21, 2003) (+)

Letter from HHS and the U.S. Department of Agriculture: Policy guidance regarding inquiries into citizenship, immigration status, and social security numbers in state applications for medicaid, State Children’s Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and food stamp benefits.

[pdf] Chapter 04.3: Barriers to Accessing Services: The Importance of Advocates Accompanying Battered Immigrants Applying for Public Benefits (+)

This chapter discusses the different barriers which immigrants may encounter with regard to accessing services. It discusses the impact of Welfare Reform on immigrant families. This chapter also includes a policy guidance issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, regarding handling questions on citizenship, immigration status, and social security numbers during the benefits application process, as well as facilitating access to public benefits for persons with limited English proficiency (LEP). Other topics included in this chapter are Medicaid and SCHIP, food stamps, and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF).

[pdf] Benchcard: Trafficking Victim Benefits Eligibility Process (+)

This Benchcard discusses the qualifications for Continued Presence status, how to apply for and obtain Office of Refugee and Resettlement benefits eligibility based on Continued Presence, qualifications for T-Visa status, how to apply for a T-Visa, and how to receive benefits after receiving Continued Presence status or a T-Visa. It also outlines the federal and state public benefits and other government-funded programs available to trafficking victims as well as the eligibility period.

[pdf] Somewhere to Turn (+)

A comprehensive manual covering topics such as: domestic violence and battered immigrant issues, cultural competency training, cross-cultural interviewing, recruiting and hiring multilingual and multicultural staff, shelter protocols, outreach and community collaboration, shelter access for battered immigrant women, VAWA immigration cases and victim advocacy confidentiality, creative use of protection orders, protections orders enforcement and criminal prosecution, access to public benefits, verification and reporting requirements under the U.S. Attorney General’s guidance and order, and model programs.

[pdf] Policy Guidance RE: Citizenship, Immigration Status, and Social Security Numbers (+)

Policy guidance regarding inquiries into citizenship, immigration status, and social security numbers in state applications for medicaid, State Children’s Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and food stamp benefits.

[pdf] Access to HHS Funded Services for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence Fact Sheet (+)

The Office for Civil Rights created this fact sheet on “Access to HHS funded Services for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence” in an effort to educate domestic violence service providers, immigrant advocates, health and social service providers, benefits agency eligibility workers, and others regarding the complex web of eligibility rules issued by several different Federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the US Department of Justice.

[pdf] Requirements for Obtaining an SSN for Nonwork Purposes (+)

SSA will not assign an SSN to an alien in lawful immigration status in the US who does not have DHS work authorization unless the alien has a valid nonwork reason for an SSN, such as: a Federal statue or regulation that requires the alien provide his/her SSN to get the benefit or service or a State or local law requires the alien who is legally in the US provide his/her SSN to get public assistance benefits to which the alien has otherwise established entitlement and for which all other requirements have been met.

[pdf] Evidence List for Battered Immigrant Women Seeking Social Security Numbers (March 2014) (+)

This list is designed to provide advocates working with battered immigrants with a tool that will help them work more effectively in obtaining social security numbers. Battered immigrants who receive a prime face determination may be eligible to receive cash assistance. Many federal and state benefits agencies require a social security number in order to issue the cash benefit. Therefore, battered immigrants who do not have an INS issued work authorization will need to apply for a non-work social security number. Advocates are strongly encouraged to accompany their clients to the Social Security Administration to ensure that their clients are not denied non-work SSNs by caseworkers who do not fully understand the process and eligibility requirements involved in issuing non-working SSNs.