I am a green card holder will my citizenship process be denied if I apply for food stamps?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Orlando, FL

My family falls under 133% FPL and we live from check to check. We are a family of 4 in total and all are 18 and older and we are all green card holders.. can our citizenship be denied? Someone told us it would but I want to be sure :/

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  1. Obadan Unuigbojie Iziokhai

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    Answered . You will not be denied cititenship merely because you receive food stamps. The issue of public charge relates to applications for permanent resident status or certain non immigrant or temporary benefits, such as change of status, TPS e.t.c. It has no relevance to application for naturalization. Additionally. you do not seem to fit the definition of a public charge, which requires either the receipt by you of public cash assistance for income maintainance or institutionalization for long- term care at government expense.

  2. Gintare Grigaite

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    Answered . Certain public benefits you are not eligible for, and if you apply, then there is a possibility that the government will seek reimbursement from the individual who sponsored you for the green card, since they signed an affidavit of support, which is a contract with the government.

    Contact immigration attorney Gintare Grigaite, Esq. at 646-407-2331, located in New York and New Jersey. Answers... more
  3. Neil Ian Fleischer

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    Answered . if you receive benefits you are not eligible for, you can be denied citizenship. Whether or not you are eligible, is not something I personally know

    Neil I Fleischer (513) 977-4209 www.immigrate2usa.com Note: Neil Fleischer is an attorney licensed in the State... more
  4. Arie Ebrahimian

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    Answered . Hello. Given that you are experiencing financial difficulties, I encourage you to contact a local pro bono establishment for legal advice and representation before filing your citizenship application. Some of these pro bono establishments have an immigration attorney on staff. He/she will be able to determine your eligibility for U.S. citizenship.

    Good luck.


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  5. Robert West

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    Answered . That depends if you are eligible.

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