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I am an Immigrant. Do I Qualify for Coverage under the Affordable Care Act?


Finding affordable health insurance can be a challenge. As an immigrant, options may be even more limited. Whether you are eligible to participate in the health insurance marketplace under the new Affordable Care Act (ACA) depends on your immigration status. 


If you fall into one of the following categories, then you are eligible to participate in the ACA marketplace:
  •  Lawful Permanent Resident (you have a green card)
  •  Asylee 
  •  Refugee 
  •  Cuban/Haitian Entrant 
  •  Parolee 
  •  Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) recipient
  •  Trafficking (“T”) visa recipient 
  •  Recipient of a grant of Withholding of Removal/Convention against Torture (CAT) 
  •  Nonimmigrant visa status, such as H-1B, L-1, E-2, TN, O, F, or J visa status
  •  Temporary Protected Status (TPS)


If you in process of applying for one of the immigration benefits listed below, then you are eligible to participate in the ACA marketplace:
  •  TPS
  •  Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)
  •  T visa
  •  Lawful permanent residency (a green card) 
  •  Asylum or Withholding of Removal/CAT, if your application has been pending for more than 180 days


If you have one of the statuses listed below and employment authorization, then you are eligible to participate in the ACA marketplace:
  •  Registry Applicant
  •  Order of Supervision 
  •  Applicant for Cancellation of Removal or Suspension of Deportation 
  •  Applicant for Legalization under the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA)
  •  Legalization under the LIFE Act


      Note that if you are a recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), then you are not eligible to participate in the ACA marketplace at this time.