Disabled Noncitizen - SNAP


SNAP regulations provide that certain qualified noncitizens may be eligible for SNAP based on disability as long as the disability meets RSDI or SSI standards, regardless of date of entry into the U.S. Noncitizen clients who receive any of the following Disability benefits are automatically eligible for SNAP.  These include:


DTA must provide Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities allowing all clients to meet Department requirements and to utilize Department services.  See ADA and Reasonable Accommodations.  Also see Recognizing an ADA Accommodation Request; Responding to Clients Requesting Assistance Due to a Disability; and ADA and Assisting Clients.


SDX Noncitizen Indicator Codes

The Noncitizen indicator Codes on the SDX Basic Screen, in PACES FMCS, is a one letter or number code which represents the individuals citizen/noncitizen status as determined by the Social Security Administration, if an SSA application has been made, and is another source to assist you in the determination of an applicant’s eligibility.


Noncitizens who do Not Receive Disability Benefits but Meet Disability Standards

Disabled Elderly Noncitizens (65 and over)

The SNAP Disability Verification for Elderly Noncitizens (SNAP-DVEN) form provides noncitizen EAEDC applicants or clients who are 65 or over and who have been in the U.S. less than five years the opportunity to apply for SNAP benefits based on disability.  The form establishes that the client has a disability for SNAP purposes:

This form simplifies the disability determination process for EAEDC elderly noncitizens not receiving SSI because of the five-year bar, but who are likely to be determined disabled at an RSDI/SSI level in light of:


This form (SNAP-DVEN) can only be used to establish disability, for SNAP eligibility purposes, for noncitizen EAEDC applicants or clients who are 65 or over and who have been in the U.S. less than five years.  It cannot be used to establish disability for any other DTA program, including EAEDC.  The eligibility reason for EAEDC remains elderly for these clients.


Your Responsibilities

When taking an EAEDC application for a noncitizen who is 65 or over and who has been in the U.S. less than five years, you must explore the possibility that the applicant has a disability that, once verified, may qualify the applicant for SNAP benefits.  You must ask the client if they have a disability and, if so you must:


Noncitizen Meets Disability Standard

If the applicant/client returns the SNAP Disability Verification for Elderly Noncitizens (SNAP-DVEN) form within the required timeframe, and a licensed medical practitioner has certified that the client is disabled and meets the RSDI or SSI standards you must:


Claiming certain expenses such as shelter, utility costs and medical expenses is optional.  Although these expenses, if verified, may increase the amount of SNAP benefits, if they are not verified the SNAP case can be approved without them.  Always remember to explore possible medical deductions with   elderly and/or disabled clients


Noncitizen does not Meet Disability Standard

If the medical practitioner has checked No to any question in Section II of the form, you must:

Special Procedures for EAEDC Non-Elderly Disabled Noncitizens (Under 65)

BEACON has been programmed to select certain noncitizens who are:

BEACON will then automatically generate a cover letter for each client describing potential eligibility for SNAP benefits and encouraging the client to complete, sign and return the enclosed special SNAP application to the TAO.  A weekly informational report entitled Disabled EAEDC Noncitizens Potentially Eligible for Food Stamps can be found in Reports Analysis & Protected Information Dashboards (RAPID) in the Matches Detail folder.  Please see RAPID Reports for instructions on using RAPID

BEACON will also create the following message in the BEACON Narrative tab: “Disabled EAEDC noncitizen potentially eligible for FS notice sent.”  The notice itself will be displayed in the Client Communications Tab.


Noncitizen Eligibility

Once a signed RFA is received, you must process the case in accordance with current procedures as outlined in Field Operations Memo 2006-30.

Since these clients are eligible for a waiver of the face-to-face interview based on disability, they are to be interviewed via telephone, unless they request a face-to-face interview.  You must screen each application and provide expedited SNAP benefits, if eligible, following current procedures.


Case Manager Responsibilities

During the interview, you must:


You must screen each application and provide expedited SNAP benefits, if eligible, following current procedures.


You must continue to process EAEDC applications as usual in accordance with current procedures for these noncitizens.  Each week, automated mailings will occur to potentially eligible noncitizens receiving EAEDC but not receiving SNAP Benefits whose disability has been RSDI/SSI certified by DES.  You must process any signed, returned RFAs.


Noncitizen does not Meet Disability Standard

BEACON has been automated to close SNAP benefits for certain noncitizen EAEDC clients who are under the five-year waiting period for SNAP eligibility and whose returned medical report is coded by DES as not disabled or disabled but not RSDI or SSI certified.  The closing reason will be: Ineligible noncitizen.  The following message will be created in the BEACON Narrative tab:  “FS client and/or AU closed because PRO disposition indicates noncitizen client is no longer disabled.  Client has a U.S. Entry Date within the last 60 months.”



If the SNAP case closes, you must explore other potential noncitizen eligibility factors (such as Verifying 40 Quarters) to ensure that the client receives SNAP benefits if eligible on a basis other than disability.


Entering Disability Data

Entering Citizenship Data

Entering INS Designation

Entering Legal Permanent Resident Data

Entering Sponsor Deeming Data Noncitizen Data

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Disabled Noncitizen Policy and Procedures



  Last Update:  June 16, 2022