5101:1-2-30.3 Benefit eligibility: family members of victims of trafficking.

In accordance with the Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2003, Pub. L. No. 108-193, 117 Stat. 2877 (2003) certain family members of victims of severe forms of trafficking are eligible for benefits and services to the same extent as refugees.

(A) Who is considered a family member of victims of trafficking?

A holder of a T-2, T-3, T-4 or T-5 visa (hereafter, "derivative T visa") is considered a family member of a victim of severe forms of trafficking.

(B) What are the county agency responsiblities in determining eligibility for family members of victims of severe forms of trafficking?

The county agency shall:

(1) Accept the derivative T visa of a non-immigrant (i.e., an alien who is allowed to enter the United States (U.S.) for a specific purpose and for a limited period of time).

(a) For an individual who is already present in the U.S. on the date the derivative T visa is issued, the date of entry for benefits and services is the notice date on the I-797 form, "Notice of Action" on the individual's derivative T visa.

(b) For an individual who enters the U.S. on the basis of a derivative T visa, the date of entry for benefits and services is the date of entry stamped on that individual's passport or I-94 arrival record.

(2) Call the trafficking verification telephone line to notify the office of refugee resettlement of the benefits for which the individual has applied.

The health and human services systematic alien verification for entitlements (SAVE) system does not contain information about non-immigrant alien family members. The county agency shall not contact the SAVE system to confirm eligibility for benefits.

(3) Determine eligiblity or redetermine eligiblity in accordance with the appropriate program rules.

(4) If the applicant meets other program eligiblity criteria (e.g. income levels), the county agency shall issue benefits and services to the same extent as a refugee.

Replaces: 5101:1-2- 30.3

Effective: 05/01/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 05/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 5101.02 , 5101.49 , 5107.05 , 5115.05
Rule Amplifies: 5101.02 , 5101.49 , 5107.05 , 5115.05
Prior Effective Dates: 7/1/05, 9/1/08