You may be eligible for the SNAP program if you are a member of one of the following groups:
- Individuals who have held Legal Resident (LPR) or other qualified immigrant status for at least 5 years
- Veterans and active duty members of the US military and their dependents
- LPRs under the age of 18
- LPRs who have been found to be blind or disabled
- LPRs who have 40 qualifying quarters of work. To see what is a qualifying quarter of work, please see Quarter of Coverage.
- LPRs who were legally residing in the US on August 22, 1996 and were 65 on or before August 22,1996
- Certain Iraqi and Afghan immigrants
For additional information about immigrant eligibility for SNAP, please see SNAP Policy on Non-Citizen Eligibility.
I do not qualify, what other options do I have?
Even if you do not qualify for food stamps because of your immigration status, you can apply for your children or other members of the household who do qualify.
To participate in the SNAP program and receive food stamps, you must still earn less than the income limits and meet the other requirements of the program.
Receiving food stamps through SNAP will not affect your immigration status. For more information, please see Getting Food Stamps (SNAP).
Updated: December 1969