- Declaration of Citizenship Applicants for Temporary Assistance must declare in writing under penalty of perjury that they are citizens or nationals of the United States or individuals in a satisfactory immigration status. Satisfactory immigration status does not cause ineligibility for the applicable program. This is declared on the application. If the applicant is not a citizen or national, require documentation of current immigration status and provision of the Alien Registration Number. Use the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program to validate the documentation provided by the claimant. Do not delay or deny benefits solely on citizenship while awaiting the results of verification through SAVE. Use SAVE procedures at each reinvestigation if the immigration status is subject to change, documents verifying status have an expiration date, or if SAVE indicates U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is still checking for status. See 0205.040.05.25 Documentation and Verification of Citizen or Alien Status for further SAVE procedures.
- Eligible Citizens and Immigrants Grant Temporary Assistance benefits to a citizen or an ELIGIBLE qualified alien as defined in Sections 0205.040.05.05 through 0205.040.05.15.
- Aliens With Sponsors During the interview discussion, staff will need to ask if the alien has a sponsor. Request verification of the sponsor and the amount that the sponsor provides to the alien. This information should be recorded on the SPONSOR screen (FM85). The following information should be gathered on the sponsor:
- Telephone Number;
- A copy of the Affidavit of Support (I-864);
- Amount provided on a monthly basis; and
- Any other information the non-citizen can provide.
If staff receives information that the sponsor is not meeting the financial obligation, contact IM Program and Policy.
See Refugee Assistance Manual 1505.000.00
- Possibility of Deportation Due to Receipt of Temporary Assistance.
Congress broadly declared as federal policy that lawfully admitted resident aliens who become public charges for causes arising after their entry are not subject to deportation.
If the participant has other questions about immigration matters, advise him/her to contact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for more detailed information.