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The purpose of this Program Instruction is to update the policy regarding the eligibility of Iraqi and Afghan aliens granted special immigrant status for Federal TANF and State MOE public benefits, as a result of legislation.

This Program Instruction addresses the change in the time-limited exemption period applicable to Afghan special immigrants. The Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009 changed the time-limited exemption period from 6 months to 8 months. The 8 month exemption period for Iraqi special immigrants remains in effect per section 1244(g) of the NDAA 2008), enacted January 28, 2008.

The purpose of this Program Instruction (PI) is to update the policy regarding the eligibility of Iraqi and Afghan aliens granted special immigrant status for Federal TANF and State MOE public benefits, as a result of legislation.