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Are Non-Citizens Eligible to Get CalWORKs?


Prices for things like food, clothing, and necessities like gas and electricity have risen as a result of supply chain shortages brought on by the COVID-19 curfews and the ban on importing Russian oil. Especially those from low-income homes have been harmed since these locals mainly depend on assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as Food Stamps.

The CalWORKs program, which promises to offer cash support and other services to poorer families, is one major welfare program in the state of California.

What are CalWORKs?


CalWORKs is a welfare program that helps low-income households/families by offering short-term support through cash transfers or other services. It operates in 58 counties.

Who is eligible for CalWORKs?

Anyone who is a qualifying alien or a legal alien who is a U.S. resident is eligible for the program. Also, these residents must have low or very low incomes and be unemployed.

Individuals must fulfill one of the requirements given below:

  • Have a child 18 years old or younger,
  • Should be pregnant,
  • Should be 18 years old or younger, and he/she should be the head of their household/family.

What if you’re not a US citizen? Are you Eligible?

As previously stated, the program is available to eligible immigrants who are either stable residents, residents given refugee or asylum status, conditional immigrants, individuals given a stay of removal or refusing of deportation, immigrants from Cuba or Haiti, and victims of domestic abuse.

Those who have applied for or are in control of a “U” visa as well as victims of human trafficking (those with a “T” visa) can also be eligible. You can apply for CalWORKs and get these benefits for your children without worrying about being investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).