Temporary Assistance/Case Management Manual

0205.040.00 Citizenship And Immigrant Status

IM-#122, September 12, 2003

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996 changed eligibility for individuals who are not citizens of the United States. Temporary Assistance eligibility for aliens is based on whether the alien is qualified or non-qualified, and the alien’s date of entry into the United States.

Effective August 1, 2003, 13 CSR 40-2.310(1)(B) states that Temporary Assistance benefits may only be granted to either a citizen or a qualified alien as defined in Title 8, Section 1641 of the United States Code and that certain qualified aliens are ineligible for five (5) years from their date of entry.