Energy Assistance Eligibility Issues. NLIEC June 2005. Background. 1996 – Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) is signed into law 1997 – Dept. of Justice issues “Interim Guidance on Verification of Citizenship, Qualified Alien Status and Eligibility…”
Primary documents which may be used to verify citizenship include, but are not limited to:
A qualified non-citizen must meet the following requirements:
Arizona’s Proposition 200
During “Initial Review” appointments (prior to application for services), clients seeking covered services are advised of Prop. 200 requirements.
Clients opting to apply for services are asked to provide proof of identity and citizenship/immigration status. Process halted until these documents are obtained.
Documents are copied and verified by the caseworker and a supervisor.
If the client claims to be a legal resident, the client’s status is verified using the Systematic Alien Verification Enforcement (SAVE) system via State DES workers.
If the client is a verified U.S. citizen or legal resident, the application process is completed and eligible clients are assisted.
Clients verified as being undocumented aliens are reported by both DES and the City to federal immigration officials.
“…[S]o far, only two welfare applicants have been reported to immigration authorities for seeking state benefits illegally as defined in Proposition 200. And legal disagreements over a requirement that voters present identification at the polls have prevented the measure from applying to elections.”
“About one out of every three new registrations in Maricopa, Pima and Pinal County this year has been rejected because the applicant didn't adequately provide proof of citizenship according to Proposition 200's mandate. Voters need an Arizona driver's license issued after 1996, U.S. naturalization number, a copy of a U.S. passport, a birth certificate or a tribal card number.”
What does your state require to verify eligibility?
BY: MOISES GALLEGOS