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Do Non-Citizens Qualify to Receive the Third Stimulus Check?

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Last month, many Americans began to receive their third economic stimulus checks. Some people who did not qualify to receive the first two rounds of payments now qualify for the third $1400 payment, including some non-citizens and mixed-status households. If you qualify, and still haven’t received anything, that does not mean you won’t receive your payment. Checks are still on their way and there is still time to track yours. 

Next, this article will answer the following questions about third stimulus payments: 

What is different about the third round of stimulus checks? 

Do immigrants without ITIN or Social Security numbers qualify for payment? 

Will people with ITIN numbers receive a stimulus check?

What does it mean to be in a mixed-status family?

What should people do if they have not received their payment? 

Anyone with a social security number, who has filed their taxes for 2020, qualifies for the third stimulus check, regardless of status. This includes green card holders or anyone on a work visa. 
For some people, payments are still on their way, but will be sent out no later than December 2021. You can track yours via the “Get my payment” tool on irs.gov. 

It is important to note that if you have an ITIN number and you are single with no children or dependents, you do not qualify to receive any stimulus payments. However, if you are an ITIN holder in a mixed-status household, you qualify to receive payment. Mixed-status means that you have a spouse or children who are legal permanent residents or U.S. citizens. 

Previously, spouses and children of most non-citizens did not qualify to receive payment, even if they were U.S. citizens. Now, as long as at least one member of the household has a social security number, the household will qualify for some form of payment. The only case in which an ITIN number would suffice alone, is if you have an adopted dependent. 

Non-citizens who did not pay taxes in 2019 or 2020 will not be eligible for a stimulus check, even if they have children who are citizens, unless they are considered a non-filer due to income or are part of a federal program like SSI or SSDI. The deadline to file income tax returns for 2020 is May 17, 2021.

If you need more information about qualifying for the third stimulus check, circumstances that might affect your payment, or how to file a claim to get your missing stimulus money from the previous payments, check out our previous article with more information here

Thalia Carrillo is a writer based in Austin, TX. She moved from her hometown of El Paso, TX to pursue a journalism degree at The University of Texas at Austin. She enjoys covering politics and pop culture and has a passion for social justice, digital storytelling, plants, and specialty coffee!