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Programs for Immigrants in California



Major Benefit Programs Available to Immigrants in California (PDF)

This table provides information about whether and how (1) “qualified” immigrants who entered the U.S. before Aug. 22, 1996, (2) “qualified” immigrants who entered the U.S. on or after Aug. 22, 1996, and (3) “not qualified” immigrants are eligible for about 20 programs available in California.

California Moves Closer to Health Coverage for All Residents (PDF)

On June 24, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed a budget bill, SB 75, that will extend eligibility for Medi-Cal (the state’s Medicaid program) to children who meet the program’s income and residency requirements but are ineligible for full-scope services due to their immigration status. The Medi-Cal eligibility expansion was originally proposed in Senate Bill 4 (SB 4), which passed the Senate in a bipartisan vote on June 2, 2015, and is being considered by the Assembly.

Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) (PDF)

Some immigrants in California who are not eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may be able to receive cash assistance under the CAPI program. The program is available to many low-income immigrant seniors and immigrants with disabilities in California.

Benefits for Immigrant Survivors of Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Other Serious Crimes in California (PDF)

California SB 1569 provides state and local benefits to immigrant survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence and other serious crimes under the same rules that apply to refugees. Read here about the benefits they may receive and what they need to show in order to obtain them. (NILC, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, California Immigrant Policy Center)

Immigrants Are Not Affected by the New Medi-Cal Law: New Federal Medicaid Document Requirement for U.S. Citizens Does Not Change the Rules for Noncitizens (PDF)

Dental Services Now Available to All Pregnant Medi-Cal Recipients! (PDF)

Immigrant Eligibility for Food Stamps in California (PDF)

Immigrants and the CHDP Gateway:
Free Health Services for Children!

Immigrants and Domestic Violence:
Getting CalWORKs and Other Public Benefits