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Immigration Status & Benefits

If you are not a U.S Citizen, it is difficult to figure out which benefits you are eligible for. Here is a collection of resources that we have found to be helpful.

Note: policies and rules change, and these resources may not be up to date. This is not a substitute for legal advice, please consult with an immigration attorney regarding your specific situation.




A DSHS decision tree that makes it easy to figure out which food assistance someone may be eligible for.


A DSHS decision tree that makes it easy to figure out which cash/medical programs someone may be eligible for.


For the purposes of determining an individual's citizenship and alien status for public assistance, the following definitions apply.


Frequently asked questions about the Affordable Care Act for immigrants. Produced by Northwest Justice Project.


A fact sheet relating to the affordable care act and the application process.


MCS is a medical coverage that may be available to immigrants who are legally present, who also have a disability.


This article focuses on eligibility and other rules governing immigrants’ access to federal public benefits programs. Many states have attempted to fill some of the gaps in noncitizen coverage resulting from the 1996 laws. In fact, about half the states have spent their own money to cover at least some of the immigrants who are ineligible for federally funded services. Several states or counties provide health coverage to children and/or pregnant women, regardless of their immigration status. Many state-funded programs, however, have been reduced or eliminated in state budget battles. Some of these proposed cuts have been challenged in court.[3] In determining an immigrants' eligibility for benefits, it is necessary to understand the federal rules as well as the rules of the state in which an immigrant resides.


The Immigrant Access to Health and Human Services project maps and describes the legal and policy contexts that govern and affect immigrant access to health and human services. Through a synthesis of existing information, supplemented by in-depth visits to purposively selected sites, the study aims to identify and describe federal, state, and local program eligibility provisions related to immigrants, major barriers (such as language and family structure) to immigrants’ access to health and human services for which they are legally eligible, and innovative or promising practices that can help states manage their programs.


The U.S. government has published guidance on the “public charge” rules — when receiving public benefits may affect your immigration status or your ability to travel outside of the U.S. The guidance explains when it is and is not safe to use public benefits. This document is provided by the National Immigration Law Center.


This document explains the various circumstances under which aliens may be able to recieve supplemental security income (SSI).


This publication is for certain immigration applicants and non-citizens who do not yet have their green cards, but who are considered by the Department of Social and Health Services ("DSHS") to be "lawfully present" in the U.S. Persons who are "lawfully present" are eligible for some state and federal benefits programs, provided that they meet other program requirements.