N.J. Admin. Code § 10:78-3.2 - Citizenship

Current through Register Vol. 54, No. 7, April 4, 2022

(a) In order to be eligible for the NJ FamilyCare program, an individual shall be a citizen of the United States, an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence, or an alien who can be classified as an eligible alien in accordance with this chapter.
1. The term "citizen of the United States" includes persons born in Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, Swain's Island, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
(b) The following aliens, regardless of the date of entry into the United States, if they otherwise meet the eligibility criteria, are entitled to NJ FamilyCare benefits:
1. An alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence;
2. A refugee admitted pursuant to section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act;
3. An asylee admitted pursuant to section 208 of the Immigration and Nationality Act;
4. An alien whose deportation has been withheld pursuant to section 243(h) of the Immigration and Nationality Act;
5. An alien who has been granted parole for at least one year by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) pursuant to section 212(d)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act;
6. An alien who has been granted conditional entry pursuant to section 203(a)(7) of the immigration law in effect prior to April 1, 1980;
7. An alien who is granted status as a Cuban or Haitian entrant as defined by section 501(e) of the Refugee Education Assistance Act of 1980;
8. An American Indian born in Canada to whom the provisions of section 289 of the Immigration and Nationality Act apply;
9. A member of an Indian tribe as defined in section 4(e) of the Indian Self Determination and Education Assistance Act;
10. An alien who is admitted to the United States as an Amerasian immigrant pursuant to section 584 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act of 1988;
11. An alien who is honorably discharged or who is on active duty in the United States Armed Forces and his or her spouse and the unmarried dependent children of the alien or spouse; and
12. Certain qualified aliens who are victims of domestic violence and when there is a substantial connection between the battery or cruelty suffered by an alien and his or her need for NJ FamilyCare benefits, subject to certain conditions described below:
i. The alien has been battered or subjected to extreme cruelty in the United States by a spouse or a parent.
ii. The alien has been battered or subjected to extreme cruelty in the United States by a member of the spouse's or parent's family residing in the same household of the alien and the spouse or parent acquiesced to such battery or cruelty.
iii. The alien's child has been battered or subjected to extreme cruelty in the United States by the spouse or the parent of the alien (without the active participation of the alien in the battery or cruelty).
iv. The alien's child has been battered or subjected to extreme cruelty in the United States by a member of the spouse's or parent's family residing in the same household as the alien and the spouse or parent acquiesced to and the alien did not actively take part in such battery or cruelty.
v. In addition to the conditions described in (b)12i through iv above, if the individual responsible for the battery or cruelty continues to reside in the same household as the individual who was subjected to such battery or cruelty, then the alien shall be ineligible for full NJ FamilyCare benefits.
vi. The eligibility determination agency shall apply the definitions "battery" and "extreme cruelty" and the standards for determining whether a substantial connection exists between the battery or cruelty and the need for NJ FamilyCare as issued by the Attorney General of the United States under his or her sole and unreviewable discretion, in accordance with 8 U.S.C. § 1641.
(c) Persons claiming to be eligible aliens shall provide the eligibility determination agency with documentation of alien status.
1. If an applicant presents an expired USCIS document or is unable to present any document demonstrating his or her immigration status, the eligibility determination agency shall refer the applicant to the local office of USCIS to obtain evidence of status. If, however, the applicant provides an alien registration number, but no documentation, the eligibility determination agency shall file USCIS Form G-845 along with the alien registration number with the local office of USCIS to verify status.
2. The following sets forth acceptable documentation for eligible aliens:
i. Lawful Permanent Resident--USCIS Form I-551, or for recent arrivals, a temporary I-551 stamp in a foreign passport or on Form I-94.
ii. Refugee--USCIS Form I-94 annotated with stamp showing entry as refugee under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act and date of entry into the United States; USCIS Form I-688B annotated "274a.12(a)(3)," I-766 annotated "A3," or I-571. Refugees usually adjust to Lawful Permanent Resident status after 12 months in the United States, but for purposes of determining NJ FamilyCare eligibility they are considered refugees. Refugees whose status has been adjusted will have, USCIS Form I-551 annotated "RE-6," "RE-7," "RE-8," or "RE-9."
iii. Asylees--USCIS Form I-94 annotated with a stamp showing grant of asylum under section 208 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, a grant letter from the Asylum Office of either the Immigration and Naturalization Service or the USCIS, Forms 688B annotated "274a.12(a)(5)," or I-766 annotated "A5."
iv. Deportation Withheld--Order of an Immigration Judge showing deportation withheld under section 243(h) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and the date of the grant, or USCIS Form I-688B annotated "274a.12(a)(10)" or I-766 annotated "A10."
v. Parole for at Least a Year--USCIS Form I-94 annotated with stamp showing grant of parole under section 212(d)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and a date showing granting of parole for at least a year.
vi. Conditional Entry under Law in Effect before April 1, 1980--USCIS Form I-94 with stamp showing admission under section 203(a)(7) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, refugee-conditional entry, or USCIS Forms I-688B annotated "274a.12(a)(3)" or I-766 annotated "A3."
vii. Cuban Haitian Entrant--USCIS Form I-94 stamped "Cuban/Haitian Entrant under section 212(d)(5) of the INA."
viii. An American Indian born in Canada--USCIS Form I-551 with code S13 or an unexpired temporary I-551 stamp (with code S13) in a Canadian passport or on Form I-94.
ix. A member of certain Federally recognized Indian tribes--a membership card or other tribal document showing membership in tribe is acceptable documentation.
x. Amerasian Immigrant--USCIS Form I-551 with the code AM1, AM2, or AM3 or passport stamped with an unexpired temporary I-551 showing a code AN6, AM7, or AM8.
3. For aliens who entered the United States on or after August 22, 1996, the date of entry into the United States shall be determined as follows:
i. On USCIS Form I-94, the date of admission should be found on the refugee stamp. If missing, the eligibility determination agency should contact the local office of the USCIS by filing Form G-845, attaching a copy of the document;
ii. If the alien presents USCIS Form I-688B (Employment Authorization Document), I-766, or I-571 (Refugee Travel Document), the eligibility determination agency shall ask the alien to present Form I-94. If that form is not available, the eligibility determination agency shall contact the USCIS via the submission of Form G-845, attaching a copy of the documentation presented;
iii. If the alien presents a grant letter or court order, the date of entry shall be derived from the date of the letter or court order. If missing, the eligibility determination agency shall contact the USCIS by submitting a Form G-845, attaching a copy of the document presented.
4. For aliens who present themselves as on active duty or honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces, the following shall serve as documentation:
i. For discharge status, an original, or notarized copy of the veteran's discharge papers issued by the branch of service in which the applicant was a member;
ii. For active duty military status, an original, or notarized copy, of the applicant's current orders showing the individual is on full-time duty with the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard (full-time National Guard duty does not qualify), or a military identification card (DD Form 2 (active));
iii. A self-declaration under penalty of perjury may be accepted pending receipt of acceptable documentation.
(d) As a condition of eligibility, all applicants for NJ FamilyCare shall sign a declaration under penalty of perjury that they are citizens of the United States or aliens in a satisfactory immigration status. In the case of a child or incompetent applicant, another individual on the applicant's behalf shall complete the same written declaration under penalty of perjury.
(e) On and after April 1, 2010, applicants or beneficiaries who are adult restricted aliens shall be ineligible for enrollment in, or benefits from, the NJ FamilyCare Program and any other program under this chapter, except as allowed pursuant to (e)2 below; this termination of enrollment and benefits under the program does not apply to individuals who are pregnant women or children under the age of 19.
1. The term "restricted alien," within this chapter, means an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence, who has lived in the United States for less than five full years after such lawful admittance.
2. Enrolled restricted aliens who, between October 1, 2009 and March 25, 2010, received a medical service that was actually covered by NJ FamilyCare shall be ineligible for enrollment in, or benefits from, the NJ FamilyCare Program and any other program under this chapter, effective July 1, 2010, rather than April 1, 2010. Additionally, as of July 1, 2010, the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services may additionally extend medical service coverage to any such restricted alien still enrolled who is being treated for a life threatening illness or receiving on-going life sustaining treatment; however, any such decisions regarding extending coverage, the duration of any such coverage, the extent of services covered and the reimbursement methodology used for service coverage shall all be vested in the on-going sole discretion of the Division, based upon the Division's assessment of the necessity of such coverage, use of resources and/or available options.

Notes

N.J. Admin. Code § 10:78-3.2
Amended by R.2006 d.347, effective 10/2/2006.
See: 38 N.J.R. 2602(a), 38 N.J.R. 3095(a), 38 N.J.R. 4222(a).
In (b)5, substituted "United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)" for "Immigration and Naturalization Service"; and rewrote (c)1, (c)2 and (c)3.
Special amendment, R.2010 d.133, effective 6/1/2010.
See: 42 N.J.R. 1404(a).
Added (e).

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