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

ALERT:  Many of the rules in the SNAPAdvocacy Guide do NOT apply during the pandemic. Please go to the following COVID-19 & DTA benefits page: https://www.masslegalservices.org/DTA-COVID-19 until further notice for more information about changes.

If you receive financial support directly from the sponsor to pay for living expenses, that money treated as countable 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.

Sponsor’s income you do not recieve does not count if you are “indigent” (very low-income) and you do not receive any payments from the sponsor. “Deeming” is a legal term that means counting income from a third party – such as a sponsor – that you do not actually receive but is assumed to be available.

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