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NON-CITIZENS - SNAP/MSA/GA/GRH

ISSUE DATE: 02/2016

MFIP:
No provisions. See 0011.03.03 (Non-Citizens - MFIP/DWP Cash), 0011.03.06 (Non-Citizens - MFIP Food Portion).


DWP:

No provisions. See 0011.03.03 (Non-Citizens - MFIP/DWP Cash).


SNAP:

Non-citizens who are not qualified non-citizens are not eligible for federally-funded SNAP. They may be eligible for state-funded food assistance if they meet non-citizen requirements and are 50 years of age or older. See 0029.07.03 (State Food Programs).

Unit members not applying for SNAP (non-applicants) are not required to disclose their immigration status. Their income and assets may be deemed toward the eligible unit members. See 0015.48 (Whose Assets to Consider), 0016.42 (Income of Non-Applicants). Also see TEMP Manual TE10.22 (Non-Applicant Members in an FS Unit).

The following qualified non-citizens may be eligible for federally-funded SNAP if they meet other eligibility criteria:

Veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States with an honorable discharge for reasons other than non-citizen status, and their spouses and unmarried minor dependent children. See VETERAN in 0002.71 (Glossary: Two Party...).

People on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States (other than active duty for training), and their spouses and unmarried minor dependent children.

LPRs who have accumulated 40 Social Security credits. Do NOT allow credit for any quarters after 12-31-96 in which LPRs also receive assistance from a federal means tested program. See FEDERAL MEANS TESTED PROGRAM in 0002.23 (Glossary: Fair Hearing...). To verify Social Security credits, see 0010.18.15.06 (Verifying Social Security Credits).

A person lawfully residing in the United States for 5 years or more.

A person lawfully residing in the United States who is receiving payments or assistance for blindness or disability. See 0010.18.06 (Verifying Disability/Incapacity - SNAP), 0011.03.24 (Non-Citizens - Lawfully Residing People).

A person lawfully residing in the United States on 8-22-96, who was 65 years of age or older at that time.

A child lawfully residing in the United States who is currently under 18 years of age.

American Indians born in Canada, who have at least 50% Indian blood.

Other non-citizen American Indian applicants who are members of a tribe whose members are eligible for programs provided by the United States due to their tribal membership. This includes tribal members who were born in Canada or Mexico who are entitled to freely cross the United States borders into Canada or Mexico.

A person who is lawfully residing in the United States and was a member of a Hmong or Highland Laotian tribe at the time the tribe rendered assistance to United States personnel by taking part in a military or rescue operation during the Vietnam era (8-5-64 and ending 5-7-75). The spouse or unremarried surviving spouse, and unmarried dependent children of such person may also be eligible. A person born after 5-7-75 is ineligible unless that person is a spouse, unremarried spouse, or minor child of an eligible tribal member. The spouse or unremarried surviving spouse must not be divorced from the eligible tribal member.

People classified as refugees.

People classified as Iraqi or Afghan Special Immigrants.

People granted asylum.

People whose deportation was withheld.

Cuban/Haitian entrants.

Amerasians from Vietnam.

Current LPRs who were previously refugees, asylees, or had deportation withheld can maintain their eligibility based on their previous status. See 0011.03.12 (Non-Citizens - Lawful Permanent Residents).

Victims of Trafficking under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. See 0011.03.30 (Non-Citizens – Trafficking Victims).



MSA:

Undocumented and non-immigrant people are not eligible. People who are ineligible for SSI due to non-citizen status are not eligible.


GA:

Undocumented and non-immigrant people are not eligible.

Refugees, people granted asylum, and Amerasians may be eligible for RCA. See 0030.03 (Refugee Cash Assistance).

Current LPRs who were previously refugees, asylees, or had deportation withheld, can maintain their eligibility based on their previous status. See 0011.03.12 (Non-Citizens - Lawful Permanent Residents), 0011.03.12.03 (Non-Citizens - Adjustment of Status).

All lawfully residing non-citizens who are not eligible for federal funding may be eligible for state funding if they meet other eligibility criteria for state-funded cash assistance.

LPRs age 18 through 69 who are funded under state dollars, and who have been in the country for 4 or more years, must meet 1 of the additional criteria below to be eligible. NOTE: These additional criteria do NOT apply to people who reside in a residential facility or LPRs who were previously refugees, asylees or had deportation withheld.

Enrolled in a literacy class, English as a Second Language class, or a citizenship class.

OR

Applied for admission to a literacy class or English as a Second Language class, and is on a waiting list.

OR

In the process of applying for a waiver from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of the English language or civics requirements of the citizenship test.

OR

Have submitted an application for citizenship to the USCIS and are waiting for a testing date or a subsequent swearing in ceremony.

OR

Have been denied citizenship due to a failure to pass the test after 2 or more attempts or because of an inability to understand the rights and responsibilities of becoming a United States citizen, as documented by the USCIS or the county agency.



GRH:

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

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