Eligible Qualified Noncitizens - SNAP

 

Refugee

Eligibility Requirements

A noncitizen present in the U.S. as a refugee under section 207 or 207(c) of the INA is an eligible noncitizen.

 

Verification

Note:

If adjusted to LPR status, Document may be coded RE-6, RE-7, RE-8, or RE-9.

 

Victims of Severe Forms of Trafficking

Eligibility Requirements and Verification

A noncitizen who is present in the U.S. and has been issued a letter from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) verifying that the noncitizen is a victim of severe forms of trafficking is an eligible noncitizen.

In the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the term "severe forms of trafficking in persons" means:

 

Iraqi and Afghan Noncitizens with Special Immigrant Status

Eligibility Requirements

Iraqi and Afghan noncitizens that have been granted Special Immigrant status are eligible for SNAP benefits from the date the individual or family has been granted Special Immigrant status.  These individuals and their families are now considered to be Refugees and are Eligible Qualified Noncitizens with no time limit on benefits or five year bar.

 

Verification

Special Immigrant status must be verified.  The following documents applicable to Iraqi Afghan special immigrants will confirm both status and date of entry:

 

Asylee

Eligibility Requirements

A noncitizen present in the U.S. as a Asylee under section 208 of the INA is an eligible noncitizen.

 

Verification

Note:

If adjusted to LPR status document may be coded AS-6 AS-7 or AS-8.

 

Withholding of Deportation

Eligibility Requirements

A noncitizen whose deportation is being withheld under section 243(h) or whose removal is withheld under section 241(b)(3) of the INA is an eligible noncitizen.

 

Verification

 

Cuban/Haitian Entrant

Eligibility Requirements

A noncitizen who is present in the U.S. as a Cuban/Haitian entrant (as defined in section 501(e) of the Refugee Education assistance Act of 1980 is an eligible noncitizen.  To qualify as a Cuban/Haitian Entrant an individual must be a national (born or a citizen) of Cuba or Haiti and fall under one of the eligible entrant statuses.

 

Verification

 

Note:

Individuals who have adjusted to LPR status document may coded CH-6, CU-6, or CU-7. In addition, Cubans or Haitians with the codes LB-2, LB-6, or LB-7 may also qualify- these codes were used for individuals granted LPR status under any of the 1986 legislation provisions including Cuban/Haitian entrants.

 

Amerasian

Eligibility Requirements

A noncitizen from Vietnam who is present in the U.S. as an Amerasian immigrant (as defined in section 584 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 1988) is an eligible noncitizen.

 

Verification

Only certain Vietnamese Amerasians qualify for the Refugee Exception and the codes listed here pertain to these Amerasians.

 

Note:

Any of the above documents should have one of the following codes:AM-1, AM-2, AM-3, AM-6, AM-7, AM-8.

 

Parolee

Eligibility Requirements

A noncitizen present in the U.S. as a parolee under section 212(d)(5) of the INA for at least one year is an eligible noncitizen when he or she:

 

Verification

To be qualified, immigrants must have been paroled for a least one year; includes persons paroled in the public interest, Lautenberg parolees and others.

 

Note:

If subsequently adjusted to LPR status, may have I-551 cards (for Lautenberg parolees, these may be coded LA).

 

Conditional Entrant

Eligibility Requirements

A noncitizen present in the U.S. as a conditional entrant under section 203(a)(7) of the INA is an eligible noncitizen when he or she:

 

Verification

Note:

Conditional Entrant status has not been used since 1980.

 

Battered Noncitizen

A battered noncitizen is an eligible noncitizen when he or she meets the qualifying status and additional conditions described here:  Battered Noncitizens- SNAP.

 

Legal Permanent Resident

A noncitizen present in the U.S. as a legal permanent resident is an eligible noncitizen with certain conditions.

 

Verification of Immigration Status

At application the applicant must provide documentation of immigration status only for household members applying for benefits. Once provided the information must be verified through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE).  This is done by accessing the SAVE system, selecting the Initial Verification Button in the SAVE system and completing the request form.  Once submitted the system will verify the information or, in certain circumstances, prompt the user to institute a secondary verification.  Sponsor deeming information may also be requested on the request additional verification window of SAVE.

 

Entering Citizenship Data

Entering INS Designation

Entering Legal Permanent Resident Data

Entering Noncitizen Data

Entering Sponsor Deeming Data

 

Eligible Qualified Noncitizens Policy and Procedures

 

  Last Update:  September 18, 2015