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(305 ILCS 5/1-11)
To the extent not otherwise provided in this Code
or federal law, all clients who receive cash or medical assistance under
Article III, IV, V, or VI of this
Code must meet the citizenship requirements as established in this Section.
To be eligible for assistance an individual, who is otherwise eligible, must be
either a United
States citizen or included in one of the following categories of
(1) United States veterans honorably discharged and
persons on active military duty, and the spouse and unmarried dependent children of these persons;
(2) Refugees under Section 207 of the Immigration and
(3) Asylees under Section 208 of the Immigration and
(4) Persons for whom deportation has been withheld
under Section 243(h) of the Immigration and Nationality Act;
(5) Persons granted conditional entry under Section
203(a)(7) of the Immigration and Nationality Act as in effect prior to April 1, 1980;
(6) Persons lawfully admitted for permanent residence
under the Immigration and Nationality Act;
(7) Parolees, for at least one year, under Section
212(d)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act;
(8) Nationals of Cuba or Haiti admitted on or after
(9) Amerasians from Vietnam, and their close family
members, admitted through the Orderly Departure Program beginning on March 20, 1988;
(10) Persons identified by the federal Office of
Refugee Resettlement (ORR) as victims of trafficking;
(11) Persons legally residing in the United States
who were members of a Hmong or Highland Laotian tribe when the tribe helped United States personnel by taking part in a military or rescue operation during the Vietnam era (between August 5, 1965 and May 7, 1975); this also includes the person's spouse, a widow or widower who has not remarried, and unmarried dependent children;
(12) American Indians born in Canada under Section
289 of the Immigration and Nationality Act and members of an Indian tribe as defined in Section 4e of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act;
(13) Persons who are a spouse, widow, or child of a
U.S. citizen or a spouse or child of a legal permanent resident (LPR) who have been battered or subjected to extreme cruelty by the U.S. citizen or LPR or a member of that relative's family who lived with them, who no longer live with the abuser or plan to live separately within one month of receipt of assistance and whose need for assistance is due, at least in part, to the abuse; and
(14) Persons who are foreign-born victims of
trafficking, torture, or other serious crimes as defined in Section 2-19 of this Code.
Those persons who are in the categories set forth in subdivisions 6 and 7
of this Section, who enter the United States on or
after August 22,
1996, shall not be eligible for 5 years beginning on the date the person
entered the United States.
The Illinois Department may, by rule, cover prenatal care or emergency
medical care for non-citizens who are not otherwise eligible under this
Local governmental units which do not receive State funds may impose their
citizenship requirements and are authorized to provide any benefits and impose
any citizenship requirements as are allowed under the Personal Responsibility
and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-193).
(Source: P.A. 99-870, eff. 8-22-16.)