1105.000.00 Non-financial Eligibility Requirements

1105.010.15 Approval Pending Receipt of Immigrant Documentation

IM-56 June 6, 2023; IM-61 June 27, 2007; IM-103 October 4, 2004; IM-56 April 18, 2003; IM-142 November 6, 1998

It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) documents for verification of immigrant status. When the applicant provides documentation, staff must upload the documentation to USCIS through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) database according to manual section 1105.010.12 Verifying Immigrant Status.

FSD cannot deny or delay a household’s application on the basis of immigration status while pursuing additional verification procedures. In the event of a delayed SAVE return, staff should determine whether the non-citizen applicant(s) is eligible for expedited benefits.

If eligible for expedited benefits, staff must approve benefits pending verification of immigration status consistent with expedited processing standards and follow policy 1125.030.00 Postponed Verifications. If FSD subsequently determines that a non-citizen applicant is not in an eligible status, the agency must take appropriate action.

The eligibility system allows non-citizen applicants at least 10 days to supply verification and up to the 30th day of an initial or non-timely application, or until the last day of timely recertification. If verification is not provided for the non-citizen and there are additional household members who are eligible for benefits, the pending application will be approved for the remaining members the night of the 30th day. If there are not additional household members or the household is not eligible without the member for whom the verification is needed, the application is rejected the night of the 30th day for initial or non-timely applications or the night of the last day of the recertification.

Enter the non-citizen’s income, resources, and expenses in the eligibility system. The eligibility system counts their resources as available to the remaining household members and counts the income and expenses less their pro rata share.

If proper documentation is subsequently received, process as a change in circumstance to the SNAP household.