Legal permanent residents, victims of trafficking, U visa applicants and holders, and other “qualified immigrants” may be eligible for CalFresh.
Visit the CalFresh Guide for more information on who is a qualified immigrant.
Even if a household has members who cannot get CalFresh, it is possible that others may qualify.
All children born in the U.S. can get CalFresh benefits if they qualify.
The income guidelines chart does NOT apply to households with mixed immigration status. This calculator can help.
Immigration information asked during the CalFresh application process is considered private and will NOT be shared, it can only be used to determine eligibility. Applicants will NOT be denied U.S. citizenship for applying for or receiving CalFresh benefits.
FAQs about CalFresh and Immigration
Will I be considered a public charge if I use CalFresh? No. The United States Citizen and Immigration Service (USCIS) does not consider people receiving CalFresh to be a public charge. Using food programs like CalFresh, WIC, and school meals will not affect your immigration status. See letter from USCIS in English and Spanish.
Will my children or I have to pay back the CalFresh I get? You and your children will never have to pay back CalFresh benefits you were eligible to receive.
Will I be deported if I apply for CalFresh for my children? No. CalFresh does not share your information with immigration authorities.
Will my children be drafted into the military if I receive CalFresh? No. Applying for CalFresh is a good way to make sure your children’s nutrition needs are met.