NCLER: Resources for Advocates Serving Older Immigrants

Many older immigrants face barriers to accessing services and public benefits, as well as immigration law challenges. As new immigrants from Afghanistan are arriving in the United States this month, aging services advocates and legal assistance providers can play a role in helping older immigrants navigate these barriers to critically needed services and explain their rights.

Immigration status generally determines eligibility for benefits programs and services, such as cash assistance and health insurance. Some Afghans may qualify for Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) and others may be seeking refugee status. Aging services and legal assistance providers might find it helpful to reach and assist older immigrants through partnerships with resettlement agencies and similar organizations aiding in the resettlement efforts.

Here are some resources for advocates to help deliver trauma-informed services and better understand eligibility issues, available services, and asserting language access rights: NCLER:

Access to Public Benefits for Older Immigrants (webinar recording and Chapter Summary)

NCLER: Language Access Rights: Tips for Advocates of Limited English Proficient Older Adults

NCLER: Trauma-Informed Lawyering

Justice in Aging: Older Immigrants and Medicare

Social Security Administration: Spotlight on SSI Benefits for Noncitizens Health Coverage for Immigrants

Immigrant Legal Resource Center: Public Charge Resources

National Immigration Law Center: Overview of Immigrant Eligibility for Federal Programs and Overview Table National Immigration Law Center: FAQ- Eligibility for Assistance Based on Immigration Status