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Resource | Policy Memos

2022 Commissioners Letter - SNAP Policy on Public Charge

This is a letter clarifying public charge policy as it pertains to SNAP participation. The letter was sent to SNAP state commissioners in January 2022.

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Joint Letter on Public Charge

This is a letter clarifying public charge policy as it pertains to SNAP participation. The letter is jointly signed by FNS and USCIS.

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Joint Letter on Public Charge

Esta es una carta que aclara la política de carga pública en lo que respecta a la participación en SNAP. La carta está firmada conjuntamente por FNS y USCIS.

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DHS Letter - Update to Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility Letter

This letter is an update to the April 12, 2021 letter that USCIS issued concerning public charge and how it interacts with the food assistance programs, including SNAP.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0037

DHS Letter - Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility

This letter provides key information about a change in the way the Department of Homeland Security is administering the public charge ground of inadmissibility.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0068

State Enforcement of the Legal Responsibilities of Sponsors of Non-Citizens

This memorandum provides guidance to states regarding the repayment of SNAP benefits from the sponsors of non-citizens who participate in the program. States are encouraged to request reimbursement if a sponsored non-citizen receives SNAP benefits and clarification is provided on the steps for requesting repayment.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0067

United States Citizenship and Immigration Service Restated its Longstanding Policy Regarding Public Charge

Letters to various directors of Human Services with attached public charge fact sheet.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2015-0004

Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program

FNS has received several inquiries regarding the eligibility of participants in the Department of Homeland Security's new Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program for SNAP benefits.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2011-0015

SNAP - Conforming to the Tri-Agency Guidance through Online Applications

This memo provides guidance on how state on-line applications for SNAP can improve program access for households that opt to apply only for some members of the household.