Micronesians and residents from the Marshall Islands have free association with the United States, meaning they are allowed to enter and leave the U.S. at will. These individuals are not eligible to receive food stamp benefits, but they can apply for immigrant status with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS – formerly Immigration and Naturalization Service). If the individual applies for and is given a qualified immigrant status, s/he may be eligible for food stamp benefits if s/he meets the eligible criteria (see 1105.010.10 Eligible Immigrants).
Enter MCR (Micronesians) as the status code for Micronesians and residents of the Marshall Islands on the Non-Citizen Information (FMML) screen. Client statement is an acceptable verification code. Record a comment regarding the status on the Non-Citizen (FMML) screen.