WAC 388-424-0010

Effective January 1, 2014

WAC 388-424-0010 Citizenship and alien status - Eligibility for TANF.

1.      To receive  temporary assistance for needy families (TANF), an individual must meet all other eligibility requirements and be one of the following as defined in WAC 388-424-0001:

a.      A United States (U.S.) citizen; 

b.      A U.S. national;

c.      An American Indian born outside the U.S.;

d.      A “qualified alien”;

e.      A victim of trafficking; or

f.        A Hmong or Highland Lao.

2.      A “qualified alien” who first physically entered the U.S. before August 22, 1996 as described in WAC 388-424-0006 (1)  may receive TANF.

3.      A “qualified alien” who first physically entered the U.S. on or after August 22, 1996 cannot receive TANF for five years after obtaining status as a qualified alien unless the criteria in WAC 388-424-0006 (4) are met.

4.  An alien who is ineligible for TANF because of the five-year bar or because of their immigration status may be eligible for:

a.    Emergency benefits as described in WAC 388-436-0015 (consolidated emergency assistance program); or

b.      State-funded cash as described in WAC 388-424-0015 (state family assistance (SFA), and Aged, Blind, or Disabled (ABD) cash.

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