Public benefits and assistance

English jîNo English

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

Alîkarî ji bo malbatên jar şiyandine (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. Divê tu ji bo bikaranîna pere ji TANF ji bo pêdiviyên sereke yên malbata xwe. Di bernameyê de bi alîkariyê ji bo amadekirina gel ji bo kar û malbata berpirsyariyên. Li hin welatên, you are required to work as a volunteer to receive TANF. Ji bo 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.

Dahata Supplemental Ewlekariya (SSI)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Dahata Supplemental Ewlekariya (SSI) e ji bo alîkarîya kesên mezin seqet, zarok, û gelê 65 û kal û bê Astengdarên ku hatina û çavkanî bi sînorkirî. 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.

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

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. Hûn dikarin 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 bernameyeke ji bo lênêrîna nexweşan ji bo malbatên-meaşê wan kêm e, jinên ducanî, û hin kesên mezin li Amerîka. Ev bername ji bo hemû kêm-hatina Amerîkî. Gelek dewletên bi bernameyên ji bo lênerîna tibbî-low cost free an jî ji bo zarokên wî hene. 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 bernameyeke ji bo tenduristî ji bo kalûpîran e (kesên ji 65-salî). Ev bername bi sîgorta dide ji bo kesên bi seqetîyên. Learn more about 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. Ji ber vê yekê sîgorteya dikare alîkarîya te. Heta ku sîgorteya we heye, hûn hê jî dibe ku hun hinek pereyan ji bo dîtina doktorekî.

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. Public benefits for refugees

2. Public benefits for refugees

berjewendiyên giştî mirov tevlîhev dike. Divê hûn gelek ji Xoşnav, temam ji bo berjewendiyên giştî. The goal of public benefits for refugees is to provide for your basic needs until you are able to find a job. Li DYA, hûn dikarin bi tenê berjewendiyên giştî ji bo demekê diyarkirî yên demê. Ev tê wê wateyê carekê tu dest bi kar û maaş û hatina ji bo malbata xwe, tu dev ji wê diçe berjewendiyên giştî.

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.

Hin penaberên ditirsin ku winda berjewendiyên xwe. Lê piraniya penaberên dibêjin, ku ew hîs pir serbilind carekê ew xwedî karekî baş û dikarin xwe xwedî li xwe û malbatên wan bigirin.

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.

Bêtir hîn bibin

Learn more

Agahiyên zêdetir

More information



Agahiyên ku li ser vê rûpelê tê ji hikûmeta Amerîka û yên din çavkaniyên ewle. Ev ji bo rênîşandanê ye û wek gelek caran wekî gengaz ve. USAHello nade, şêwirdarîya hiqûqî bidin ne, û ne jî bi tu materyalên me ye, lewma ji bo ku wekî, şêwirdarîya hiqûqî hatin binçavkirin. Eger ku hûn lê digerin ji bo parêzerekî free an kêm-mesref an alîkariya hiqûqî, em dikanin alîkarîya we peyda-low cost free û xizmetên hiqûqî.

The information on this page comes from the US government and other trusted sources. It is intended for guidance and is updated as often as possible. USAHello does not give legal advice, nor are any of our materials intended to be taken as legal advice. If you are looking for a free or low-cost lawyer or legal help, we can help you find free and low-cost legal services.

Find alîkariya nêzîkî te

Use FindHello ji bo lêgerînê ji bo xizmetên û çavkaniyên li bajarê we.

Destpêk search te
Ma ev rûpel alîkarîya we? Smiley rûyê Erê rûyê frown Na
Spas ji bo we Deng xwe!