To qualify for SNAP benefits, a non-citizen who is establishing eligibility based on the five-year requirement must have been in the U.S. in a qualified status for five years. The non-citizen meets the requirement on the 5-year date. Use the month, day and year to determine if the the 5-year date has been met.
Example: A non-citizen has been in the U.S. in the status of a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) for five-years. The LPR obtained the status on 06/18/18. The FCRC receives a SNAP application on 06/01/18. The LPR does not have SNAP eligibility prior to 06/18/18. The LPR meets the five-year requirement on 06/18/18.
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