IM-34 03/03/03 IMMIGRANT POLICY CHANGES
|IMMIGRANT POLICY CHANGES|
|In April 2003, the immigrant policy regarding
qualified immigrants is changing. Currently, qualified immigrants
are eligible to receive food stamp benefits if they meet certain criteria
to also be called eligible immigrants. The criteria includes 40 quarters
of work history, immigrants with a military connection, disabled, some
children, and certain elderly individuals. The policy is not changed
for these individuals; they remain eligible.
Effective April 1, 2003, qualified immigrants who do not meet eligibility under the above criteria are eligible for food stamp benefits indefinitely if:
EXAMPLE 2: Mr. B is a refugee who has lived in the United States for 8 years. Since he has lived in the United States for over 7 years, he is no longer eligible to receive food stamp benefits due to refugee status. He does not meet any other criteria to be an eligible immigrant and is not eligible to receive food stamp benefits. In April 2003, Mr. B becomes an eligible immigrant as he has resided in the United States for over five years with a qualified immigrant status.
Effective March 3, 2003, if an eligibility unit (EU) consisting of at least one qualified immigrant who is not eligible now, but will be eligible on April 1, 2003, applies for food stamp benefits, take the following action: