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Immigrant Information

Children age 18 or younger and pregnant women who are lawfully admitted are able to apply for NJ FamilyCare, regardless of the date that they entered the United States. They do not have to wait five years to be eligible.
Adults who are legal permanent residents of the US must have had that status for at least five years in order to be eligible for NJ FamilyCare.

"Qualified" status includes:

  • A lawful permanent resident
  • A refugee
  • An asylee
  • A Cuban-Haitian entrant
  • An undocumented resident whose deportation is being withheld by USCIS
  • An Amerasian immigrant
  • A child of an honorably discharged US military veteran
  • A child of a member of the US military
  • Certain American Indians born in Canada are treated the same as a US citizen for the purpose of Medicaid eligibility.
  • An immigrant paroled for over one year.
  • An applicant under the Violence Against Women Act

Please note: Families accessing NJ FamilyCare benefits will NOT be considered a "Public Charge".*

Public Charge is a term used by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to describe people who cannot support themselves and depend on government benefits that provide cash support, such as, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) - or they live in a nursing home or other long-term care institution at the government's expense. If an immigrant receives NJ FamilyCare benefits, USCIS will not consider the receipt of these benefits as a reason to classify the immigrant as a "Public Charge".
Please review the information provided on this web site or for additional assistance, call 1-800-701-0710 (TTY: 711). A translator is available for most languages.


To access the Medical Emergency Payment Program, individuals must:

  • be an established New Jersey resident;
  • have no documentation from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS); or
    • have lawfully present status (green cards or some visas) or other restricted immigration status but entered the United States on or after August 22, 1996, and you have not resided in the United States for 5 years; or
    • are a non-immigrant (student, child of a worker or visitor on business).
  • have income within the appropriate standard for household size
  • meet all other Medicaid eligibility requirements.

How do I apply for the Medical Emergency Payment Program for undocumented residents?

When an emergency medical event occurs as described above, the hospital will initiate the application process for the Medical Emergency Payment Program.

  • The hospital will ensure that the application and necessary documents are completed before an individual is discharged.
  • The hospital will submit the documentation to the appropriate County Welfare Agency (CWA) where the eligibility determination will be completed.
  • If additional information is required, the CWA may outreach the applicant or their representative for additional information. Notices of eligibility determinations will be sent to the address on the application.
  • Once an individual is determined eligible, the claims will be submitted to Medicaid for payment.

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