U.S. citizenship or eligible alien status is an eligibility requirement for aid.  Verification of citizenship is required.  However, persons claiming to be U.S. citizens who are unable to provide documentation may receive aid.



Aid Pending Citizenship Verification

An otherwise eligible person who states that he/she is a United States citizen, but who cannot provide the documentation or other proof shall be eligible in the absence of any conflicting evidence, for aid pending verification of citizenship for a period up to 90 days after the date of application. Efforts to obtain satisfactory documentation must be undertaken by the recipient during this time period. 



Aid Pending Citizenship Verification Situation

Birth in U.S. claimed - when an applicant is unable to provide primary or secondary documentation, or have citizenship verified through a child’s U.S. birth certificate and the birth occurred within San Diego County, the HSS identifies the need for the record and submits a DSS 20-53 to "Authorized Birth Verification Staff". The authorized staff   completes the DSS 20-53 and sends it back to the requesting HSS. A completed DSS 20-53 is an acceptable form of birth verification.


For out of county and out of state births (needs notary), the requesting HSS completes the DSS 20-53 and DSS 16-47 and submits to "authorized staff". The authorized staff forwards these forms to "SPOS birth records contact person". This contact person takes the form and has it notarized and sends it back to FRC.


When adding newborns or other children to an existing assistance unit, aid pending verification of citizenship is to be authorized, if otherwise eligible. 


Naturalization claimed - but does not have a BCIS Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship, or Resident Citizen ID Card (I-197 or I-179), the applicant/recipient will be referred to BCIS to obtain the necessary verification.


Derivative citizenship claimed - (i.e., birth in a foreign country of U.S. parents), but is unable to provide acceptable documentation, the applicant/recipient will be referred to BCIS to obtain the necessary verification.



Extension of Aid Pending Citizenship Verification

At the end of 90 days, aid to the recipient must be terminated unless the HSS in assisting the recipient determines an extension of time is necessary to obtain documentation. The extension of time must be appropriate to the particular situation, but in no event shall extend beyond the next annual re-determination date. At that time, if no satisfactory proof of citizenship can be obtained, the recipient must be terminated from aid.



For an extension beyond 90 days, the HSS must review with the FRC manager, identifying the case and specific verification pending circumstances, and request approval for extension of aid beyond 90 days.



If the request is…

Then the HSS must…

approved by the manager

tic the case to confirm receipt of documentation of citizenship prior to the subsequent extension deadlines or at annual renewal, which ever occurs first, and narrate approval in the case comments.

not approved by the manager

discontinue the recipient(s) with timely notice.


Disc of Aid Pending Citizenship Verification

Aid paid to a person pending verification of U.S. citizenship will be discontinued when any of the following occur:


·       The person refuses to cooperate with HHSA and/or BCIS in determining his/her citizenship status;


·       Verification is received that the person is not a citizen of the U.S.; or


·       Documentation is not received prior to the end of an extension, and a new extension is not authorized.



                      NOTE:  Recipients who were discontinued either at the end of a 90-day period or at annual renewal for non-cooperation with HHSA or BCIS, may not receive aid until verification of citizenship status has been provided.



Aid Pending Citizenship Verification Not allowable

Persons claiming to be U.S. citizens will not have aid pending verification authorized when they possess only a foreign passport or foreign birth certificate that is not deemed acceptable.  These documents, in the absence of any other documents, are considered conflicting evidence of declared citizenship.