FNS Admin. Notice 08-17

Superceding AN 08-11, this notice reviews that Iraqis are now treated differently than Afghanis, as a result of new legislation. The National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2008 that extended program eligibility to affected Iraqi immigrants for a period not to exceed 8 months. To the contrary, the appropriations Act granted Afghanis special immigrant status that results in them being treated as a refugee for purposes of resettlement assistance, entitlement programs and other benefits, but limited to six months. The AN also reviews beginning dates of eligibility, including a review on how this interacts with the qualified alien rules. Eligibility runs from the date the person gets the special immigrant status, not the later date of the application. [Download]