Does the income of an immigrant’s sponsor count?

Produced by Patricia Baker and Victoria Negus
Reviewed January 2018

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.

There is no counting or “deeming” of a sponsor’s income if you are “indigent” (very low-income) and you do not receive 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 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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