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ISSUE DATE: 12/2014

Undocumented people are those living in the United States without authorization. Follow the normal verification procedures to determine if a person is an undocumented person. See 0010.18.21 (Identify Non-Immigrant or Undocumented People).

Non-citizens who are unable or unwilling to produce proof of their immigration status are ineligible. Do NOT try to confirm their status with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) without their authorization. For protocols on reporting non-citizens to USCIS, see 0011.03.27.03 (Protocols for Reporting Undocumented People).

Non-immigrants are people allowed to enter the United States for a specific purpose and for a limited period of time. They maintain a residence in their home country that they have no intention of abandoning. They include tourists, students, and diplomats.


Undocumented and non-immigrant people are not eligible.


Undocumented and non-immigrant people are not eligible. Other members of the unit may be eligible based on their own immigration or citizenship status. DO NOT assume a person is undocumented because he/she is unable or unwilling to verify immigration status. Such a person is ineligible, but not necessarily undocumented.

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 0010.18.24 (Verification - I-94 Cards), 0015.48 (Whose Assets to Consider), 0016.42 (Income of Non-Applicants).

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