TN 32 (06-12)
A claimant must be a U.S. citizen or have the appropriate alien status to be eligible
for the following benefits.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI); and
Health Insurance (HI) or Supplemental Medical Insurance (SMI) for uninsured claimants.
A claimant entitled to the privileges, obligations, and duties of the U.S.; a claimant
with the privilege of voting for public offices and is entitled to full protection
in the exercise of private rights.
A claimant who, though not a citizen, owes permanent allegiance to the U.S.
The legal status or statutory classification of a claimant who is neither a U.S. citizen
nor a U.S. national.
A claimant whom U.S. conferred citizenship after his or her birth.
We treat U.S. nationals as U.S. citizens for Social Security Administration (SSA)
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has jurisdiction for
citizenship and alien status decisions regarding claimants in the U.S. The U.S. Department
of State is responsible for decisions regarding claimants outside the U.S. The determinations
of these agencies are binding on all Federal agencies and all States. It is immaterial
whether the U.S. Department of State makes determination before or after SSA's determination.
SSA follows the appropriate agency's laws, rules and regulations in making citizenship
decisions for eligibility for most Social Security programs.
RM 10210.500 General Information on Evidence of U.S. Citizenship for a Social Security Number
RS 02635.000 Deportation
GN 05010.000 Nonresident Alien Withholding Tax