Asylee benefits in the US

Derivative Asylum
You have two years from the grant of your asylee status to file for your minor children under 21 and your spouse regardless or whether they are in the US or overseas.

Social Security Number and Driver’s License
You may immediately apply for an unrestricted Social Security card at a Social Security office near you once you have asylee status.

Can now apply for a Driver’s License

Government Benefits

During the entire 8 months from the date you were granted asylum you are entitled to certain government benefits depending on the state in which you reside:

  • Cash Aid ( very limited)
  • Food Stamps
  • If you are over age 65 or legally blind you may be eligible for SSI benefits.


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