With thesigned into law by President Joe Biden on Thursday, the of up to will be out the door and . This time, the stimulus package includes families who are in a mixed-status household, which many were left out of the .
The move to National Immigration Forum estimates that 16.2 million people in the US live in mixed-status families.mixed-status families for the new stimulus check opens the door for millions more to receive a payment. The
We'll help you understand the eligibility requirements for households where at least one person isn't a US citizen. We'll also explain the IRS definition, which families did and didn't qualify for the first two payments and how qualifications have changed with the third stimulus check. Here's how toand what we know about . This story was recently updated.
What a mixed-status family means for stimulus payments
The federal government categorizes families whose members have different citizenship and immigration classifications as "mixed status." Note that for a mixed-status family to qualify for stimulus money, one member needs to have a Social Security number. A household where every family member is awith an ITIN, or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, instead of a Social Security number wouldn't meet this requirement.
Here are some examples of mixed-status families that would qualify for a stimulus check, where at least one household member has a Social Security number:
- One spouse is a US citizen with a Social Security number and the other spouse isn't a citizen and doesn't have a Social Security number.
- One spouse is a "lawful permanent resident" with a Social Security number and the other isn't a citizen and doesn't have a Social Security number.
- Neither parent is a US citizen or "lawful permanent resident" with a Social Security number, and a child is a US-born citizen with a Social Security number.
We have a handy guide laying out the ways.
What does the third stimulus check do for mixed-status families?
Biden's citizen spouses and children living in mixed-status families." According to the bill (PDF), the amount families could expect is "$1,400 if the valid identification number of only one spouse is included on the return of tax for the taxable year."includes for . This third round of payments expands eligibility to "
Which mixed-status households were eligible for the first and second payments?
With the first stimulus check from the CARES Act, only those with a Social Security number qualified for a payment. This eligibility requirement could include "resident aliens" with a Social Security number, the IRS said. But "nonresident aliens" weren't eligible. Married couples filing jointly were excluded from checks if one spouse didn't have a Social Security number. For married couples who filed separately, only the spouse with the Social Security number qualified. Dependents in a mixed-status family were also excluded.
With the second check, Congress opened up the requirements (PDF) to married couples filing jointly where one spouse has a Social Security number and the other spouse doesn't. A couple in a mixed-status household filing jointly would be eligible for a second payment of $600, as would with a Social Security number. If the couple file separately, only the spouse who has a Social Security number would be eligible.
made the mixed-status qualifications retroactive for the first payments. Now an eligible family filing jointly can of up to $1,200 per couple and $500 for each qualifying dependent as a .also
For more information, here's the latest on the, and how much money your household could .