Being an undocumented immigrant means someone is not entitled to certain benefits that other immigrants may be given if they are documented legally in the United States. That can include food stamps. So what options do immigrants have if they are undocumented and want to get food stamps?
Becoming a Qualified Immigrant
Qualified immigrants are eligible for food stamps. Being a qualified immigrant means that person is:
- A green card holder;
- A refugee or was granted asylum; and,
- A domestic violence survivor with the required documentation proving immigration status, to name a few qualifications.
There are specific steps that you must take in order to become a qualified immigrant. If you haven’t come to the U.S. yet and are curious about what options are available to become a qualified immigrant, contact the team at Arnaout Immigration Law Firm.
What If I’m Undocumented?
Some undocumented immigrants may qualify for food stamps if they are:
- A victim of sex trafficking;
- Lawful temporary residents who previously applied for amnesty; and,
- American Indians who were born in Canada or another tribal country, for example.
Additionally, if someone is undocumented but their child is a U.S. citizen, the family should be able to qualify for food stamps.
State legislators are hoping to make food stamps more widely available. Legislation proposed would expand California’s current state-funded food stamp program for at least two years. It’s expected if that legislation passes, more than two million undocumented people could qualify for food stamps.
Contact Arnaout Immigration Law Firm Today
There are many questions surrounding the future of food stamps and undocumented immigrants. That’s why it’s essential to make sure you have a legal team who will be there for you to guide you through the options available.
At Arnaout Immigration Law Firm, our Los Angeles attorneys have helped immigrants for more than a decade achieve their dreams. Whether you’re interested in coming to the U.S. for family, work, or anything else, our lawyers are here for you. Contact us today by calling (818) 276-9900.