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Verification and Reporting


State Online SNAP Applications May Not Ask Unnecessary Questions Regarding Immigration Status or Social Security Numbers, FNS Reaffirms

From a review of online application forms in 26 states, FNS found many that asked for immigration status–related information not needed to establish the eligibility of individuals seeking assistance. As a result, on Feb. 18, 2011, FNS issued guidance advising state agencies of changes needed to online application forms to reduce barriers to access by eligible applicants in immigrant families and prevent violations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

State Measures Requiring Applicants for Public Benefits to Verify Status (2004–09)

TABLE: Federal Policy Guidance Regarding Inquiries into Citizenship, Immigration Status, and Social Security Numbers in State Benefit Application Forms: Summary of Requirements (3/23/04, PDF)