1105.010.10 Eligible Immigrants

1105. Verification of 40 Quarters

IM-61 June 27, 2007; IM-142 November 6, 1998

Verify immigrant status by viewing the immigrant’s USCIS document. Refer to Section 1105.097.00 Appendix A – Verification of Immigration Status for information on acceptable forms of documentation. To verify the 40 quarters:

  • Ask the applicant for verification for each immigrant in the EU. If the applicant has documentation that verifies the 40 quarters, the individual can receive food stamps if otherwise eligible.
  • If the immigrant cannot provide documentation of quarters of coverage, refer the applicant to the Social Security office to obtain an earnings record. Use the SSA Earning Chart to calculate quarters of coverage.