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ISSUE DATE: 12/2014

For eligibility purposes, see 0011.03.27 (Undocumented and Non-Immigrant People).

Non-Immigrants are visitors, tourists, some temporary or agricultural workers, diplomats, and students. Forms of verification for non-immigrants are:

Student visa.

An I-94 card whose class code indicates a non-immigrant. The class codes begin with letters (A) through (R). An I-94 stamped “temporary I-551” indicates the person is a LAWFUL PERMANENT RESIDENT (LPR) not a non-immigrant. See 0010.18.21.03 (Non-Immigrant People: USCIS Class Codes).

Border Crosser Card (BCC): This is a travel document issued to Mexican and Canadian citizens. It allows them to travel temporarily to the United States within a certain border zone. If the person is a Canadian Indian, the non-citizen is an LPR, not a non-immigrant. See 0010.18.15 (Verifying Lawful Permanent Residence).

Form I-95A: Crewman's Landing Permit.

Form I-918: Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status (U-Visa). This status is used for victims of crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse because of the crime AND who have information regarding the activity AND who are willing to assist government officials in the investigation of the criminal activity.

Undocumented people are non-citizens who do not have legal documentation authorizing their entry into the United States. Do not assume a non-citizen is here without U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) authorization just because the person does not have documentation.

If the client is an undocumented person, deny the client for programs that require citizenship or legal entry status and determine eligibility for programs that do not. See 0011.03.27 (Undocumented and Non-Immigrant People).


Verify immigration status for people who report non-citizenship.


Verify immigration status if the client is not receiving SSI. DO NOT verify a client's immigration status with USCIS without the client's written authorization.


Follow MFIP, EXCEPT people cannot receive GA if they are ineligible to receive SSI because of failure to comply with citizenship and immigration status verification requirements. See 0011.03 (Citizenship and Immigration Status). Do NOT verify a client's immigration status with USCIS without the client's written authorization.


Follow MSA for aged, blind, and disabled participants. Follow GA for all other adults.

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