If DHS changes a grandfathered individual's alien status and, as a result, the individual
is no longer in a qualified alien category, SSI eligibility is suspended (payment
status N13) effective with the first day following the month in which qualified alien
status is lost.
EXCEPTION: If DHS changes the individual's status to a status that meets the under Permanent
Resident Under Color of Law (PRUCOL) standard (SI 00501.420), the individual retains their grandfathering rights. (See SI 00502.153 for the grandfathering rules that apply to nonqualified PRUCOL aliens who were receiving
SSI benefits on 8/22/96.)
If the individual (who did not meet the PRUCOL standard) subsequently regains qualified
alien status, the alien regains SSI grandfathering rights and may begin receiving SSI benefits again (assuming all other factors of eligibility
are met). In such a case, eligibility can resume no earlier than the day on which
qualified alien status is granted again. Also, the individual's benefits are prorated
for the month in which qualified alien status is regained. (See SI 02005.007 for instructions on proration.)
NOTE: If an individual who regains qualified alien status has been in nonpay status (including
payment status N13) for 12 or more consecutive months, under current SSI policy the
individual may be required to file a new application to begin receiving benefits again.
(See SI 02301.200 ff. for instructions on reinstating eligibility after a period of nonpay status.)