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Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to receive SNAP benefits?

unemployed_questionQ) Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to receive SNAP benefits?

A) Certain legal, qualified aliens may be eligible for SNAP benefits. They must meet the same eligibility requirements as U.S. citizens. An example of a non-citizen who may qualify is someone who has been a lawful permanent resident (LPR, i.e. aliens with green cards) for 5 years. Other immigrants, such as children and refugees, may also be eligible. Eligible household members can get SNAP benefits even if other members of the household are not eligible.




Receiving SNAP benefits does not make an immigrant a “public charge.” An immigrant to the United States will not be deported, denied entry to the country, or denied permanent status because he or she receives SNAP. Receiving SNAP will not affect an immigrant’s ability to become a citizen.

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Applying for Food Stamp or SNAP benefits

To apply for Food Stamp or SNAP benefits contact your local (SNAP) food stamp office office. Each State program has their own application form. If your State’s form is not on the web yet, you may need to contact your local food stamp office to request one.

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  1. I hope I’m in the right place I haven’t received my Snap n APA check, n I took in all my copies n 2 forms 1 for each. Then I got a notice saying my benefits were gonna b delayed if I don’t turn in my paperwork, well I had just dropped off my papers n saw the notice when I got Hm now we check our mail every day n that notice was not in mailbox til I returned Hm, n the notice was dated November 16,2020 I couldn’t prove that the notice was really late because there was no date stamped on it. Just the inside date on notice but it won’t get me nowhere lying to you guys. But as soon as I could I ran it back after filling out all I could n explained I had no copies left as I ran out of ink for copy machine n had no more as I submitted sm originals due to no ink. You guys should have 3 forms you all sent me, the 1st 2 were due by the 5th I turned mine in on the 7th n the notice dated November I took into drop box outside building. Thank you

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