Extending Your Student Visa

A student visa that lets you study at the university of your choice is a terrific thing for you. But what happens if your studies take longer than you planned? On top of exams and term papers, you may have to worry about your student visa expiring. That’s where an immigration lawyer can be your best friend. Understanding how immigration laws work can be the first step to making sure that you keep your student visa in good standing. My blog is all about immigration issues, especially those faced by foreign students. Check out the articles for more information that you can use to complete your studies in the country you chose to study in.

How To Determine If You Are Unable To Work Due To A Disability

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You might believe that exiting the workforce is the last thing you want to do. But if you have a disability, you might wonder if you can continue to work. The best way to find out is to consult your primary care physician and a Social Security Disability (SSDI) attorney.

Substantial Gainful Employment

From the Social Security Administration's (SSA) perspective, you are entitled to SSDI benefits when you cannot engage in gainful employment. You might not be able to do the work you previously did due to your medical condition.

The Severity of Your Injuries

The severity of your medical condition will determine how long it will last. You must be disabled for an extended period for the SSA to consider you fully disabled.

If you aren't sure if you're too disabled to work, you should consider the activities you often engage in and whether you can still engage in these activities. For instance, if you must lift heavy boxes, you should ask whether you can still do this. Even if you can't, you should ask if your employer can retrain you for a different position. You should also consider entering another line of work.

Eligibility for SSDI Benefits

If you cannot retrain or enter a line of work, you may be entitled to SSDI benefits. Your physician will be able to give an objective assessment of whether you are still able to work. 

Qualifying Conditions

One way to determine if your disability is severe enough is to determine if your disability is part of the list of qualifying conditions. Certain conditions are so severe that you might receive benefits more quickly under the compassionate allowance, such as if you have pancreatic cancer. 

Entering Another Line of Work

You might find another line of work, but it's important to consider whether your new occupation is enough. Even if you have an income, the SSA will consider you disabled if you are not gainfully employed. You will still be entitled to SSDI benefits. 

Working with a Disability Attorney

If you determine that you cannot work, you can file for SSDI benefits if you have worked and paid into Social Security. If you have already been consulting with a disability attorney about whether you should qualify for disability benefits, you are more likely to have your claim approved. However, even if the SSA does not approve your claim initially, your disability attorney can help you appeal the decision.


9 March 2023