The Food Stamp Program can only help immigrants with legal permanent residency, however many immigrants do not know that they or their family members may be eligible even if they are not. In the case of a mixed status household, where some members have legal-permanent or citizenship status and others do not, it is important to note that the standard income guidelines may not apply. To know if a member of an immigrant household is eligible, call 1-877-847-3663 or use one of the screening tools provided on this website.
Below is a list of frequently asked questions regarding immigrant eligibility for and participation in the Food Stamp Program. For more information about immigrants rights and responsibility with regards to the food stamp program, download a printable version of Immigrant Eligiblity for Food Stamps in California or visit the websites of the National Immigrant Law Center or the California Immigrant Policy Center, formerly the California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative.
Will using benefits hurt my immigration status? (Flyer in English and Spanish) Participation in the Food Stamp Program will not necessarily affect your chances of obtaining a Green Card or reaching citizenship status. This document was compiled for a project for the California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative.
What is the US Citizenship and Immigration Services' official policy on food stamps? As the letter states, "applying for and receiving food stamps will have no impact on your application ot become, or your status as, a permanent resident." Read the updated 2010 version in English and Spanish. Read the 2004 version in English and Spanish.
How Can I Get Information About Food Stamps in Languages other Than English?CAFB can send you information in English and Spanish-speaking clients may call the California Food Stamp Information Line at 1-877-847-3663 to learn about eligibility and application proceedures. Additionally, the USDA Food and Nutrition Services offers free outreach information in many languages.
What Rights do Limited English Speakers Have in the Food Stamp Program? All county food stamp offices are required to provide translation services and information for people in their own language. To learn more about the rights of Food Stamp Applicants, click here. Applicants who have been denied translation services or were asked to provide their own translation services, may file a complaint with the California Department of Social Services Civil Rights Bureau.
Do you have more questions about Food Stamps? If you have more questions about the Food Stamp program, click here.