Public benefits and assistance

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American families with low income can get help from the government with their expenses. This help is called welfare, or public benefits. Refugees coming to the USA also qualify for public benefits when they first arrive.

American families with low income can get help from the government with their expenses. This help is called welfare, or public benefits. Refugees coming to the USA also qualify for public benefits when they first arrive.

1. Public benefits for everyone

1. Public benefits for everyone

Tydelike hulp vir behoeftige gesinne (TANF)

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

TANF helps low-income families in the USA. This program provides some cash to help families who meet the program requirements. Jy sal moet gebruik die geld van TANF vir die basiese behoeftes van jou gesin. Die program help ook om voor te berei mense vir werk en familie verantwoordelikhede. In sommige lande, you are required to work as a volunteer to receive TANF. Om aansoek te doen vir TANF, contact the TANF office in your state.

TANF helps low-income families in the USA. This program provides some cash to help families who meet the program requirements. You will need to use the money from TANF for the basic needs of your family. The program also helps to prepare people for work and family responsibilities. In some states, you are required to work as a volunteer to receive TANF. To apply for TANF, contact the TANF office in your state.

Aanvullende sekuriteit inkomste (INGESLOTE)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Aanvullende sekuriteit inkomste (INGESLOTE) is om te help gestremde volwassenes, kinders, en mense 65 en ouer sonder gestremdhede wat beperkte inkomste en hulpbronne. All citizens get SSI and some non-citizens are eligible too. Learn about SSI for non-citizens.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is to help disabled adults, children, and people 65 and older without disabilities who have limited income and resources. All citizens get SSI and some non-citizens are eligible too. Learn about SSI for non-citizens.

'N belangrike Nota oor SSI: Sommige vlugtelinge en ander nie-burgers wat SSI kry sal ophou om dit na 7 jaar. Maar as jy 'n burger word, Jy kan voortgaan om SSI te ontvang vir so lank as wat jy dit nodig het.

An important note about SSI: Some refugees and other non-citizens who get SSI will stop getting it after 7 years. But if you become a citizen, you can continue to receive SSI for as long as you need it.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a benefit for people who cannot work because of a disability. Non-citizens and citizens can get only SSDI if they have worked and earned enough Social Security credits. Jy kan find Social Security information in many languages.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a benefit for people who cannot work because of a disability. Non-citizens and citizens can get only SSDI if they have worked and earned enough Social Security credits. You can find Social Security information in many languages.

Medicare and Medicaid

Medicare and Medicaid

Medicaid is 'n program om gesondheidsorg vir low-income gesinne voorsiening te, swanger vroue, en 'n paar volwassenes in die VSA. Hierdie program is vir alle low-income Amerikaners. Baie state het ook programme verskaf vry of lae-koste mediese sorg vir kinders. Learn more about Medicaid.

Medicaid is a program to provide healthcare for low-income families, pregnant women, and some adults in the US. This program is for all low-income Americans. Many states also have programs to provide free or low-cost medical care for children. Learn more about Medicaid.

Medicare is 'n program om gesondheidsorg vir seniors (individue oor 65 jaar-oue). Hierdie program bied ook versekering vir mense met gestremdhede. Leer meer oor Medicare.

Medicare is a program to provide healthcare for seniors (individuals over 65-years-old). This program also provides insurance for people with disabilities. Learn more about Medicare.

Going to the doctor in the USA can cost a lot of money. Dit is die rede waarom versekering kan help om. Selfs as jy versekering, Jy kan steeds moet betaal geld om te sien 'n dokter.

Going to the doctor in the USA can cost a lot of money. This is why insurance can help you. Even if you have insurance, you might still have to pay some money to see a doctor.

What about public charge? If I get TANF or SSI, will that stop me from getting a green card or becoming a citizen?

What about public charge? If I get TANF or SSI, will that stop me from getting a green card or becoming a citizen?

Public chargemeans someone who uses public benefits for a long time. The US Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) says that someone who is likely to be a public charge cannot become a permanent resident (green card holder). USCIS says that people who receive SSI, TANF, Medicaid or cash assistance from their state may not be allowed to become permanent residents. Other benefits, such as school lunches and children’s health insurance, do not count. Please read about the new public charge rule to be informed about the risks of being considered a public charge.

“Public charge” means someone who uses public benefits for a long time. The US Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) says that someone who is likely to be a public charge cannot become a permanent resident (green card holder). USCIS says that people who receive SSI, TANF, Medicaid or cash assistance from their state may not be allowed to become permanent residents. Other benefits, such as school lunches and children’s health insurance, do not count. Please read about the new public charge rule to be informed about the risks of being considered a public charge.

2. Publieke voordele vir vlugtelinge

2. Public benefits for refugees

Openbare voordele kan verwarrend wees. Jy moet 'n klomp papierwerk om openbare voordele voltooi. The goal of public benefits for refugees is to provide for your basic needs until you are able to find a job. In die VSA, Jy kan slegs openbare voordele ontvang vir 'n sekere bedrag van die tyd. Dit beteken dat as jy eers begin werk en verdien 'n inkomste vir jou gesin, Jy sal ophou om openbare voordele.

Public benefits can be confusing. You must complete a lot of paperwork to get public benefits. The goal of public benefits for refugees is to provide for your basic needs until you are able to find a job. In the USA, you can only receive public benefits for a certain amount of time. This means once you start working and earning an income for your family, you will stop getting public benefits.

Sommige vlugtelinge is bang om te verloor hul voordele. Maar die meeste vlugtelinge sê hulle voel baie trots wanneer hulle het 'n goeie werk en kan sorg vir hulself en hul gesinne.

Some refugees are afraid to lose their benefits. But most refugees say they feel very proud once they have a good job and can take care of themselves and their families.

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