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Summary:

  • Implementation of this policy eliminates counting a sponsor's income and assets when determining food stamp eligibility and benefit amount for a noncitizen under age 18.
  • This change is effective immediately for all new applicants and active cases. For active cases, implement this policy change at the next case review or no later than the next FS REDE.

As a result of The Food Stamp Reauthorization Act of 2002 (The Farm Bill), effective immediately, we will no longer consider the income and assets of a sponsor when determining FS eligibility for a noncitizen under age 18 who meets Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) requirements.

Example: Ms. K, age 17, is a lawful permanent resident. At the interview, Ms. K states that she is sponsored by an uncle and provides a copy of an affidavit signed by the uncle with BCIS. He agreed to support her as a condition of admitting her for permanent residence. When determining food stamp eligibility, do not consider the income and assets of the uncle. Sponsorship has no effect on her eligibility.

This policy change is effective immediately for all new applicants and for cases currently active. For active cases, implement at the next case review or no later than the next FS REDE.

[signed copy on file]

CAROL L. ADAMS, Ph.D.
Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services