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Citizenship or Alienage

Only the child needing Child Care must meet citizenship, nationality, or alienage requirements to qualify for care. The other household members do not have to meet this requirement.


An adult household member declares whether a child is a citizen when applying for or renewing Child Care. When adding an additional child during the eligibility period, the adult makes this declaration by completing the Declaration of Citizenship Status (Form 08MP022E).


A child becomes a citizen through birth or naturalization. A child born in the US automatically is a citizen. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may also grant citizenship to a child. 

Accept this declaration unless you have reason to question its accuracy.

If questionable, you may need to seek verification. This verification may include a birth certificate, a Naturalization or Citizenship Certificate, a passport, or other official documents.

Email any questions concerning when to verify citizenship or what verification to accept to Child Care Subsidy.


A child who is an alien must provide documentation that they are a “qualified alien,” and you must confirm their eligibility to participate using Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE).

A child meets the "qualified alien" criteria by being

  • a lawfully-admitted permanent resident under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA),
  • a parolee into the US for a period of at least one year per Section 212(d)(5) of the INA (8 USC 1182),
  • a conditional entrant per Section 203(a)(7) of the INA (8 USC 1153) as in effect prior to April 1, 1980,
  • an asylee per Section 208 of the INA,
  • a refugee per Section 207 of INA, (8 USC 1157),
  • an immigrant having their deportation withheld per Section 241(b)(3) of the INA,
  • a Cuban or Haitian entrant per 501(e) of the Refugee Education Assistance Act of 1980,
  • a battered child or a child of a battered parent or caretaker per Section 431(c) of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act as amended by 8 USC 1641(c), or
  • a severe trafficking victim or a child of a severely trafficked parent or caretaker per Section 107(b) of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2003.

SAVE often immediately verifies an alien’s status. However, you may have to submit additional verification to USCIS. When SAVE is seeking additional verification, do not delay, deny, or close benefits pending a USCIS response.

Any child who does not meet the citizenship or alienage requirements cannot qualify for Child Care. You must code these children with “income/resources are considered in benefit computation-individual not included” from the F25 Status dropdown box. When no children needing care meet these requirements, deny the application. 

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