Immigrants lawfully admitted for permanent residence who have worked 40 qualifying quarters of coverage under Title II of the Social Security Act or can be credited with such qualifying quarters can receive food stamp benefits for an unlimited period. They do not have to meet the five year waiting period. Enter QTR (immigrants with 40 qualifying quarters) for the status code on the Non-Citizen Information (FMML) screen.
For Social Security purposes, the term “quarter” means the three (3) calendar month periods ending with March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31 of any year.
When determining if the number of qualifying work quarters total or exceed 40, consider the quarters earned by a spouse and/or parents. Refer to the guidelines for deeming quarters.