The purpose of this section is to provide instructions for determining U.S. citizenship, identity and immigration status of the Special Assistance applicant/recipient.
The Federal Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-171) mandated requirements that affect all Special Assistance applicants and recipients claiming to be citizens of the United States, effective September 1, 2006.
To be eligible for Special Assistance, an individual must be an identifiable U.S. citizen or an alien admitted to the United States by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) under a specific immigration status.
Regardless of immigration status, each a/r must meet all eligibility requirements for Special Assistance.
A. Exceptions to Requirements to Provide Documentation of Citizenship and Identity, and Immigration status.
Do not determine citizenship, identity or immigration status for SA applicants who currently receive or formerly received Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability (SSDI), or Medicare, and are current or former Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) applicants/recipients. Citizenship, identity or immigration status is verified prior to receipt of SSI, SSDI, and Medicare.
B. Responsibility to Provide Documentation of Citizenship, Identity and Immigration Status
It is the applicant's responsibility to provide verification of citizenship and/or immigration status; however, the caseworker must offer assistance to the applicant in obtaining the required verification.
1. The county dss must assist the applicant in acquiring the documents if:
a. The applicant cannot obtain the necessary documents, or
b. The applicant requests assistance obtaining the necessary documents, or
c. The applicant demonstrates a need for assistance or if the applicant has special needs such as a mental or physical incapacity and lacks someone who can act on his behalf.
For questions or clarification on any of the policy contained in these manuals, please contact your local county office.