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51. Does the income of an immigrant’s sponsor count?

If you receive financial support directly from the sponsor to pay for living expenses, then that money is counted by DTA and treated as unearned income in calculating your benefits. 106 C.M.R. § 363.220(B)(7).

Example: Johann is an LPR from Germany. Every month his sponsor sends him a $500 payment. DTA will calculate Johann’s SNAP benefits counting $500 of unearned income.

There is no counting or “deeming” of a sponsor’s income if you are "indigent" (low-income) and do not receive actual payments from a sponsor. “Deeming” involves counting income from a source, such as a sponsor, that is not actually received by the LPR but is assumed to be available.

DTA Policy Guidance:

Online Guide Sections:  SNAP > Eligibility Requirements >  Noncitizen > Sponsor Deeming (deeming applies to sanctioned non-citizens)

Additional Guidance:

  • No sponsor deeming for indigent EAEDC and TAFDC recipients, nor for indigent immigrants seeking SNAP unless household is under sanction, intentional program violation. F.O. Memo 2008-65 (Dec. 9, 2008).  

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