If questions are received, assure the inquirer that SSI eligibility will not be affected. However, because receipt of SSI is one factor the DHS would consider
in making its determination, advise the individual to contact DHS for more information
about the implications of the public charge policy on their immigration status.
Also tell inquirers that DHS guidance explains the mere receipt of cash assistance
for income maintenance, or being institutionalized for long-term care, does not automatically
make them inadmissible, ineligible to adjust status to legal permanent resident or
deportable on public charge grounds. The law requires that DHS and Department of State
officials consider several additional issues as well. Each determination will be made
on a case-by-case basis. SSA is not involved with public charge determinations.