IM-112 08/21/03 QUALIFIED
IMMIGRANT CHILDREN FOOD STAMP
|QUALIFIED IMMIGRANT CHILDREN FOOD STAMP POLICY CHANGE|
|Effective October 1, 2003, qualified immigrant
children, under age 18, no longer are required to meet another eligible
status, such as residing in the US five years. Any qualified immigrant
child who is otherwise eligible may receive food stamp benefits regardless
of the date of his/her entry into the United States.
When the child turns 18, s/he must meet another eligible criteria to continue receiving food stamp benefits.
EXAMPLE 1: Jane is a lawful permanent resident (LPR) who entered the US January 15, 1998. Her family is receiving food stamp benefits when she turns 18 in November 2003. Because Jane is a qualified immigrant (LPR) and meets an eligible criteria (resided in the US for five years in a qualified status) she remains eligible to receive food stamp benefits.
EXAMPLE 2: John is a lawful permanent resident (LPR) who entered the US January 15, 2002. His family is receiving food stamp benefits when he turns 18 in February 2004. John is a qualified immigrant (LPR), however he does not meet an eligible criteria. John is no longer eligible to receive food stamp benefits after his 18th birthday, until he meets another eligible criteria.There are no changes to how staff enter an immigrant's status on the Non-Citizen Information screen (FMML). Enter the appropriate status code for each individual. FAMIS looks at the status and age of the immigrant when determining if the immigrant is eligible as a qualified child.
FAMIS applies this policy at the next certification or next interim change entered into the system.
If an EU reports a qualified immigrant child has turned 18, complete an eligibility determination, regardless of whether the EU is subject to simplified reporting or not. If the immigrant child remains eligible, there is no change to the case, unless another change was reported or there were previously disregarded changes. If the immigrant child is no longer eligible, authorize the notice of adverse action to remove the child. Do not disregard the adverse actions.
The Food Stamp Manual is being revised and will be available online upon completion.