Eligibility to Serve Emails Sent Last Week

AmeriCorps program staff and State Commissions,

Computer generated emails were sent last week to all AmeriCorps programs that had/have members for whom the Social Security Administration has returned an unvalidated status for their social security number and/or citizenship.  These are members that your program enrolled between 2012 to the present. All of the members’ education awards will be put on hold in the very near future. AmeriCorps programs will be held accountable for any expenses (including the value of the education award) associated with a member if you are not able to demonstrate that the identified individual is/was eligible to serve.

AmeriCorps State and National programs must take the following actions:

1. Please direct the individual named in the emails you received last week to provide your program with the required government authorized documentation (see list below) demonstrating the individual’s eligibility with respect to citizenship or Legal Permanent Residence Immigration status.

2. Review the documentation and confirm the individual meets AmeriCorps eligibility requirements as specified in 42 § U.S.C. 12602(a)(3) (“is a citizen or national of the United States or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States.”). The program should retain copies of the eligibility documentation in the member's physical file.

3. If, after you have reviewed the eligibility documentation and you have concluded that the individual is eligible, contact the National Service Hotline at 1-800-942-2677, via the Hotline Webform, or a LIVE CHAT.  If you have any questions, please contact the National Service Hotline at 1-800-942-2677.

Required Government Authorized Documentation you must fax includes:
1. A cover letter with the subject title “Citizenship Verification Check for <First name> <Last name> (<NSPID>)” and includes your identity and contact information in the event there are questions or the scanned documents are not readable,
2. A signed Social Security Card for the member with a clearly legible SSN,
3. A copy of the government issued photo ID you used to identify the individual, and
4. One of the following acceptable forms of primary documentation certifying status as a U.S. citizen or national:
(1) A birth certificate showing that the individual was born in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, or the Northern Mariana Islands;
(2) A United States passport;
(3) A report of birth abroad of a U.S. Citizen (FS-240) issued by the State Department;
(4) A certificate of birth-foreign service (FS 545) issued by the State Department;
(5) A certification of report of birth (DS-1350) issued by the State Department;
(6) A certificate of naturalization (Form N-550 or N-570) issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service; or
(7) A certificate of citizenship (Form N-560 or N-561) issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

5. One of the following acceptable forms of primary documentation certifying status as a lawful permanent resident alien of the United States:
(1) Permanent Resident Card, INS Form I-551;
(2) Alien Registration Receipt Card, INS Form I-551;
(3) A passport indicating that the INS has approved it as temporary evidence of lawful admission for permanent residence; or
(4) A Departure Record (INS Form I-94) indicating that the INS has approved it as temporary evidence of lawful admission for permanent residence.

Thank you,
AmeriCorps State and National

Published Date: 
February 28, 2018
Grantee Type: 
State Commission
National Direct
Tribe
Subject/Category: 
Monitoring
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