Term Immigrant Benefits Assistance
Code FT-1000.3300
Definition Programs that provide assistance for non-citizens who are having difficulty understanding and/or obtaining access to the government-sponsored entitlement programs and social services for which they are eligible including housing programs, employment assistance and job training, medical assistance, and other government entitlements. The program may help these individuals understand the eligibility criteria for benefits and services, the benefits/services available, the payment process and the rights of beneficiaries; provide consultation and advice; help them complete benefits application forms; negotiate on their behalf with benefits administration and social service staff; and/or represent them in administrative processes or judicial litigation. Included are benefits counseling organizations that offer a range of advocacy services and legal aid programs that offer more formalized legal assistance.
Created 7/18/01
Changed 12/15/16
Use References Immigrant Public Benefits Assistance
Immigration Related Benefits Assistance
Public Benefits Assistance for Immigrants
Refugee Benefits Assistance
See Also References Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (NL-1000.2400-150)
Cultural Transition Facilitation (PH-1450)
Food Stamps/SNAP (NL-6000.2000)
Immigrant/Refugee Employment Programs (ND-6500.3300)
Immigrant/Refugee Shelters (BH-1800.1500-330)
Immigrant/Refugee Support Groups (PN-8100.4500-330)
Refugee/Entrant Cash Assistance (NL-1000.7000)
Subsidized Housing Administrative Organizations (BH-8300)
WIOA Programs (ND-6500.9600)
External Classification Terms Citizenship/Immigration (CAN CI-150)
Cultural Transition Facilitation (UW 7.1.04.13)
Ethnic & Immigrant Centers (NTE P84)
Legal, Consumer and Public Safety Services (USA LE-450)
Legal Services (NTE I80)
Specialized Law Practice Areas (NPC I06)
Related Concepts Advocacy/Rights Protection
Immigrants/Refugees
International/Intercultural
Facet Service
Comments NOTE: A lot of different types of programs help people complete and file application/enrollment forms for various types of benefits and/or are authorized, often by contract, to do eligibility determinations for a specific program. With so many different types of players, it is sometimes difficult to decide which Taxonomy term to select. Here are some guidelines: Use the Benefits Assistance terms in the FT-1000 section for application assistance provided by programs devoted primarily to advocacy for people to ensure that they understand and receive the benefits for which they are eligible. Use Benefits Screening (PH-0700) for programs that provide application assistance in the context of a general assessment of an individual's eligibility for a wide variety of benefits. Use the application/enrollment terms in the NL and NS sections of the Taxonomy for both federal, state, provincial or county offices tasked with benefits application/enrollment processing and eligibility determinations; and for other programs outside those systems that help people complete and file benefits application/enrollment forms or are authorized to do eligibility determinations for a specific benefit. Use Certificates/Forms Assistance (FT-1020) for assistance with any of the wide variety of forms, certificates and other official documents that people need to read and understand or complete and file that do not have a high enough profile to be covered by a dedicated Taxonomy term.
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