1105.097.00 Appendix A-VERIFICATION OF IMMIGRATION STATUS

IM-#23 April 18, 2011IM-#61 June 27, 2007  IM-#56, April 18, 2003IM-#142 November 6, 1998

EU members applying for Food Stamp benefits are required to provide their USCIS documentation as a condition of eligibility. FSD is then required to verify the validity of those documents through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE).

Acceptable forms of documentation of qualified and eligible immigrant status are:

LAWFUL PERMANENT RESIDENT:

REFUGEES:

NOTE: Refugees usually adjust to Lawful Permanent Resident status after 12 months in the U.S., but for Food Stamp eligibility purposes they are still considered refugees. Therefore, check the coding on Form I-551 for codes RE-6, RE-7, RE-8 or RE-9.

ASYLEE:

IMMIGRANT WITH DEPORTATION OR REMOVAL WITHHELD:

IMMIGRANT GRANTED PAROLE FOR AT LEAST ONE YEAR:

IMMIGRANT GRANTED CONDITIONAL ENTRY:

AMERASIAN IMMIGRANT:

CUBANS AND HAITIANS:

UNITED STATES NON-CITIZEN NATIONAL:

Primary evidence includes:

Secondary evidence includes:

Contact Food Stamp Program and Policy for additional sources of primary or secondary verification of U.S. nationality. In addition to the primary and secondary evidence, the applicant must state that he/she does not owe allegiance to a foreign state or country.

CROSS-BORDER NATIVE AMERICAN:

Acceptable verifications that a Native American was born in Canada are:

A cross-border Native American may have USCIS documentation establishing LPR status.

NOTE: This does not include a spouse or child of such Native American nor an immigrant whose membership in a Native American tribe or family is created by adoption unless such person is of at least fifty percent (50%) or more Native American blood.

HMONG OR HIGHLAND LAOTIAN:

Contact Food Stamp Program and Policy for instructions on how to verify this immigration status.

MILITARY CONNECTION:

Acceptable verifications of an immigrant's military connection follow.

BATTERED IMMIGRANTS:

VICTIMS OF SEVERE FORMS OF TRAFFICKING:

Certification letters for adults and eligibility letters for children show an entry date (date of certification). The original certification letters showed an eight month expiration date. Certification and recertification letters for adults and eligibility letters for children issued after November 6, 2001 do not contain an expiration date. The recertification letters contain a lowercase “r” beside the Health and Human Services (HHS) tracking number.

If an individual presents a certification letter when applying for benefits or if the worker attempts to do an eligibility redetermination, call the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) trafficking verification line at (202) 401-5510 to confirm the validity of the certification letter.

UNABLE TO PROVIDE DOCUMENT:

Complete USCIS Form G-845 and Supplement to obtain verification of immigration status if the immigrant does not have the appropriate document.