1105.010.00 Citizenship and Immigrant Status

1105.010.20.10 Sponsor Liability

IM-103 October 4, 2004; IM-56 April 18, 2003

Sponsors (see 1105.010.20.05 Definition of Sponsor) who signed an affidavit of support on or after 12/19/1997 may be responsible for food stamp benefits received by immigrants they sponsor unless the immigrant or sponsor meet a liability exception. The exceptions to sponsor liability are:

  • The sponsored immigrant is ineligible for food stamp benefits
  • The sponsored immigrant obtains 40 qualifying quarters of work
  • The sponsor receives food stamp benefits
  • The sponsor is deceased

FAMIS generates a notice to each sponsor who does not meet an exception, to notify him/her of liability for any food stamp benefits the sponsored immigrant receives.