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Memorandum Clarifying Immigrants' Eligibility for Food Stamps

Noncitizens who were receiving food stamps on Aug. 22, 1996, will not lose benefits due to their immigration status until at least April 22, 1997. If, for example, a person moves to another state or has a break in eligibility because of something unrelated to his or her noncitizen status (such as a temporary increase in earnings) and applies again before April 1, 1997, the new noncitizen eligibility requirements would not apply.

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Letter to State Commissioners on Changes to Immigrants' Food Stamp Certification Requirements

Letter to State Commissioners on Changes to Immigrants' Food Stamp Certification Requirements.

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Letter to State Commissioners on Implementing Welfare Reform in the Food Stamp Program

This letter describes the new statutory requirements for State agency implementation of the Food Stamp Program (FSP) provisions of PL 104-193, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996, signed by the President on Aug. 22, 1996. We are also providing information regarding proposed and interim rules the Food and Consumer Service (FCS) will publish and guidance relating to the Simplified Program option, FCS waiver authority, and quality control. Additional information regarding implementation of the provisions affecting noncitizens will be provided separately.

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Guidance for States on Use of Discretionary Food Stamp Program Time Limit Exemptions

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PROWRA) stipulates that able-bodied, childless adults may only receive food stamps for 3 months in a 36-month period unless they work at least 20 hours a week; participate in an approved work or training program; or live in an area that has been waived from the time limit due to either an unemployment rate higher than 10 percent, or insufficient jobs.