When a claimant is not a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization and the Department
of Homeland Security (DHS) has lawfully admitted him or her for permanent residence,
complete 12(a). Follow the "Go To" instructions.
Consider time-limited eligibility based on the response to 12(d) if the claimant:
has been in lawful admitted for permanent residency (LAPR) less than 7 years,
indicates he or she was in one of the categories listed in SI 00502.106, and
is not eligible under any other condition permitting eligibility for qualified aliens.
In addition, the prior immigration status may be relevant if the claimant is potentially
eligible based on the condition for disabled or blind aliens who were lawfully residing
in the U.S. on 8/22/1996 (For policy on qualified aliens who are blind or disabled
and were lawfully residing in the U.S. on 8/22/1996, see SI 00502.142).
If the claimant attained qualified alien status 8/22/1996 or later, determine whether
the 5 year bar to eligibility as a LAPR with 40 quarters of coverage (QC) applies
(For more information on LAPR with 40 qualifying quarters of earnings, see SI 00502.135B). If a LAPR alien with 40 QCs applies, complete information about the claimant’s
current, separated, or deceased spouse in Question 6.