The time limit was suspended during the pandemic. The rules below are the rules from before the pandemic.
Your benefits will not end after 24 months if you get an exemption, a waiver, or an extension.
Exemptions include exemptions for disability, caring for a disabled child or certain other family members, caring for a child under age two, the last weeks of pregnancy, non-parent caretaker not on the grant, and other exemptions listed in Who is exempt from the time limit and Work Program?
Waivers include domestic violence waivers (see Can you get a waiver or good cause exception to welfare rules because of domestic violence?).
Extensions of the time limit are discussed in links below
- Can you get an extension of benefits past the time limit?
- How do you request an extension of benefits past the time limit?
- How long will your extension last?
- What if your extension request is denied?
- You can continue to receive benefits if you start a new five-year eligibility period even if you do not have an exemption, an extension or a waiver. See What is the time limit rule and when does your time limit start over?
- If you are not the parent of the child you are caring for, you should continue to receive benefits for the child even if you have reached your time limit. See Who has a choice about whether to be in the assistance unit?