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 his/her 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 him/her 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.