Do I have to be a U.S. Citizen to be qualified for assistance?
To be considered for FEMA disaster assistance, you must be one of the following:
- U.S. citizen
- Non-citizen national
- Qualified non-citizen
A qualified non-citizen:
- Legal permanent resident (“green card” holder)
- Non-citizens granted asylum
- Non-citizens whose deportation status is being withheld for at least one year
- Non-citizens paroled into the U.S. for at least one year for urgent humanitarian purposes or significant public benefit
- Cuban/Haitian entrants
- Certain battered non-citizens or their spouses or children
- Certain victims of a severe form of human trafficking, including persons with a “T” or “U” visa
If you do not meet the citizenship requirements, the household may still apply for certain forms of federal assistance if:
- The parent or legal guardian of a minor child who is a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified non-citizen applies on behalf of the minor child, so long as they live in the same household. The parent or legal guardian must apply as the co-applicant, and the minor child must be under age 18 at the time the disaster occurred.
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