Immigration and eligibility for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

It shouldn't be a surprise that your Immigration status may affect your eligibility under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

There are several immigration statuses eligible for coverage under the ACA, including:

  • Lawful permanent resident (LPR/Green Card holder)
  • Asylee
  • Refugee
  • Paroled into the U.S.
  • Victim of trafficking and his or her spouse, child, sibling, or parent
  • Granted Withholding of Deportation or Withholding of Removal, under the immigration laws or under the Convention against Torture (CAT)
  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
  • Deferred Enforced Departure (DED)
  • Deferred Action Status (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) isn’t an eligible immigration status for applying for health coverage.)
  • Applicant for:
    • Adjustment to LPR Status with an approved visa petition
    • Victim of trafficking visa
    • Asylum who has either been granted employment authorization, OR is under 14 and has had an application for asylum pending for at least 180 days.)
    • Withholding of Deportation or Withholding of Removal, under the immigration laws or under the Convention against Torture (CAT) who has either been granted employment authorization, OR is under 14 and has had an application for withholding of deportation or withholding removal under the immigration laws or under the CAT pending for at least 180 days.)
  • Certain individuals with employment authorization documents
  • Lawful temporary resident
  • Granted an administrative stay of removal by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

For additional eligible categories, check the list here.