Benefits for Afghans Based on Immigration Status

Benefits for Afghans

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has published a report detailing Afghan eligibility for selected benefits based on immigration status. This eight-page brief (PDF) on benefits for Afghans covers the following topics.

Immigration Categories. There are descriptions of different categories of Afghans based on their status to include refugee, asylum, Special Immigrant Visa (SIV), Humanitarian Parole (HP), SQ/SI Parolees, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and Deferred Enforced Departure (DEP).

Benefits Available to Afghans. A table within the report outlines the eligibility of those who have received the statuses listed above. There are four major means-tested public benefit programs as well as refuge-specific benefits that are listed as benefits for Afghans. These include Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA), Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA), and Refugee Support Services.


Report: Afghan Eligibility for Selected Benefits Based on Immigration Status, Congressional Research Service (CRS), October 27, 2021, PDF, 8 pages.