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Can I get SNAP – Food Stamp benefits as an immigrant?

unemployed_questionQ) Can I get SNAP benefits as an immigrant?

A) Certain legal, qualified immigrants may be eligible for SNAP and must meet the same eligibility requirements as U.S. citizens. An example of a legal immigrant who may qualify is a lawful permanent resident (LPR, i.e. immigrants with green cards). Most LPRs have a waiting period of 5 years before they can get benefits. Aliens admitted to the U.S. for humanitarian reasons such as refugees or asylees are eligible without a waiting period. Certain elderly, disabled, children under 18, and LPRs with a military connection are also eligible without a waiting period. Eligible household members may be eligible even if there are other members in the household who are not eligible.

Immigrant Eligibility Requirements

The 2002 Farm Bill restores SNAP eligibility to most legal immigrants that:

  • Have lived in the country for 5 years; or
  • Are receiving disability-related assistance or benefits; or
  • Children under 18
  • Certain non-citizens such as those admitted for humanitarian reasons and those admitted for permanent residence may also eligible for the program. Eligible household members can get SNAP benefits even if there are other members of the household that are not eligible.

Non-citizens that are in the U.S. temporarily, such as students, are not eligible.

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  1. To apply for food stamp benefits, or for information about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), contact your local SNAP office. You can find local offices and each State’s application on the USDA national map. Local offices are also listed in the State or local government pages of the telephone book. The office should be listed under “Food Stamps,” “Social Services,” “Human Services,” “Public Assistance,” or a similar title. You can also call your State’s SNAP hotline numbers. Most are toll-free numbers.

    Each State has its own application form. If your State’s form is not on the web yet, you’ll need to contact your local SNAP office to request one. Please don’t call USDA or HHS headquarters as only your State accepts applications and determines eligibility.

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