Food Stamps

1105.010.04 Hmong, Laotian Highlanders

IM-#104 December 4, 2006,  IM-#103 October 4, 2004,  IM-#56 April 18, 2003IM-#142 November 6, 1998

Certain Hmong, Laotian Highlanders can receive food stamp benefits. These individuals can receive food stamps indefinitely as long as they meet other food stamp financial and non- financial requirements.

Hmong and Laotian Highlanders who can receive benefits are those:

  • who are lawfully residing in the United States, AND
  • who were a member of a Hmong or Laotian tribe at the time that the tribe rendered assistance to United States personnel by taking part in a military or rescue operation during the Vietnam era beginning August 5, 1964 and ending May 7, 1975.

The spouse or unremarried surviving spouse and unmarried dependent children of a Hmong and Laotian Highlander may also be eligible for food stamp benefits.

Enter HLC (Hmong/Laotian Hilanders/Crs Brdr Natives) in the status code field and the appropriate verification code on the Non-Citizen Information (FMML) screen in FAMIS. Client statement is not an acceptable verification code. Record a comment regarding when the verification was received and any other information not contained on the Non-Citizen Information (FMML) screen.

Contact Food Stamp Program and Policy for instructions on how to verify this immigration status.