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

Tijdelijke bijstand voor behoeftige gezinnen (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. U zult moeten gebruiken het geld van TANF voor de eerste levensbehoeften van uw gezin. Het programma helpt ook om te bereiden mensen voor werk en gezinstaken. In sommige staten, you are required to work as a volunteer to receive TANF. Toe te passen voor 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 zekerheid inkomen (SSI)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Aanvullende zekerheid inkomen (SSI) is om te helpen van gehandicapte volwassenen, kinderen, en mensen 65 en ouder zonder handicap die hebben beperkte inkomsten en middelen. 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.

Een belangrijke opmerking over SSI: Sommige vluchtelingen en andere niet-staatsburgers die SSI krijgen stopt met het na 7 jaar. Maar als u een staatsburger, u kunt blijven ontvangen van SSI voor zolang u het nodig hebt.

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.

Sociale zekerheid invaliditeitsverzekering (SSDI) een voordeel is voor mensen die niet kunnen vanwege een handicap werken. Niet-burgers en burgers kunnen alleen SSDI krijgen als ze hebben gewerkt en verdiend genoeg credits van de sociale zekerheid. U kunt 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 een programma om de gezondheidszorg te bieden voor gezinnen met lage inkomens, zwangere vrouwen, en sommige volwassenen in de VS. Dit programma is voor alle arme Amerikanen. Veel landen hebben ook programma's om gratis of lage kosten medische zorg voor kinderen. 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 een programma om het bieden van gezondheidszorg voor senioren (personen boven de 65-jaar-oud). Dit programma biedt ook verzekering voor mensen met een handicap. Meer informatie over 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 de reden waarom de verzekering kan u helpen. Zelfs als u verzekering, u zou nog steeds moeten betalen wat geld om een arts te zien.

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 voordelen voor vluchtelingen

2. Public benefits for refugees

Overheidsuitkeringen kunnen verwarrend zijn. U vult een hoop papierwerk te krijgen van de overheid. The goal of public benefits for refugees is to provide for your basic needs until you are able to find a job. In de VS, u kunt alleen ontvangen overheidssteun voor een bepaalde hoeveelheid tijd. Dit betekent dat zodra u begint te werken en verdienen een inkomen voor uw gezin, u stopt met overheidssteun.

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 vluchtelingen zijn bang om te verliezen hun voordelen. Maar de meeste vluchtelingen zeggen dat ze trots zodra ze een goede baan hebben en van zichzelf en hun gezinnen verzorgen.

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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