Battered Noncitizen - SNAP


Eligibility Requirements

A noncitizen who is battered is an eligible noncitizen when they have proof of the battering and meets the following conditions:


The noncitizen must have:

The noncitizen, the noncitizen’s child or the noncitizen child’s parent has been abused in the U.S. under any of the circumstances specified below:



The five-year period starts from the date the I-130 relative petition was filed, not the date the noncitizens obtain LPR status.





Abused spouses or children, parents of abused children or children of abused spouses are eligible.  (Must have a pending petition for immigrant visa, either filed by a spouse or a self-petition under the VAWA, or an application for suspension of deportation or cancellation of removal.  The petition or application must either be approved or, if not yet approved, must present a prima facie case).


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 Create New Case 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.  In addition to the applicant’s immigration status, SAVE will provide the following information (if available) in order to determine the applicant’s eligibility: Grant Date and Sponsors/Household Members.


Battered Noncitizen Q & As

Entering Citizenship Data

Entering INS Designation

Entering Legal Permanent Resident Data

Entering Noncitizen Data

Entering Sponsor Deeming Data


Battered Noncitizen Policy and Procedures


  Last Update: January 20, 2022