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U.S. Code › Title 8 › Chapter 14 › Subchapter I › § 1611
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TITLE 8 – ALIENS AND NATIONALITY
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8 U.S. Code § 1611 – Aliens who are not qualified aliens ineligible for Federal public benefits
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(c) “Federal public benefit

defined

(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), for purposes of this chapter the term

Federal public benefit

MEANS

(A) any

grant,

contract,

loan,

professional license,

or

commercial license

provided by

an agency

of the United States

or by appropriated funds

of the United States;

and

(B) any

retirement,

welfare,

health,

disability,

public

or

assisted

housing,

postsecondary education,

food assistance,

unemployment benefit,

or

any other similar benefit

for which

payments

or

assistance

are provided to

an individual,

household,

or

family eligibility unit

by an agency

of the United States

or

by appropriated funds

of the United States

(2) Such term shall not apply—

(A) to any

contract,

professional license,

or

commercial license

for a nonimmigrant

whose visa for entry

is related to such employment in

the United States,

or to a

citizen

of a freely associated state,

if section 141

of the applicable compact

of free association

approved in Public Law

99–239

or

99–658

(or a successor provision)

is in effect;

(B) with respect to benefits

for an alien

who as a work authorized nonimmigrant

or as

an alien lawfully admitted

for permanent residence

under the Immigration and Nationality Act

[8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq.]

qualified for such benefits

and for whom

the United States

under reciprocal treaty agreements

is required to pay benefits,

as determined by

the Attorney General,

after consultation with

the Secretary of State;

or

(C) to the issuance

of a professional license to,

or

the renewal of

a professional license by,

a foreign national

not physically present

in the United States
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http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/8/1611
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