Under the ACA (Obamacare), the following immigrants can qualify for Covered California.

  1. Lawful permanent residents or (green card holders).
  2. Lawful temporary residents.
  3. Persons fleeing persecution, including refugees and asylees.
  4. Other humanitarian immigrants, including those granted temporary protected status.
  5. Non-immigrant status holders (including worker visas and student visas).


Covered California generally accepts self-attestation of information provided by you.

But if the attestation is inconsistent with the government data sources, you need to provide proper documents.

Both lawful and unlawful individuals can apply through Covered California to see if they are eligible for Covered California or Medi-Cal.

There is no waiting period or five-year bar.

Immigrants who are not lawfully present do not qualify for a health plan through Covered California.

However, they may qualify for coverage through Medi-Cal.  Another option is to buy private health insurance on their own outside of Covered California.

Additionally, some counties offer other health care options for unlawful immigrants.

Acceptable Documents for Lawful Immigrants

  1. Lawful Permanent Residents 

  • Permanent Resident Card or “Green Card” (I-551)
  • Temporary I-551 stamp on form I-94/I-94A or on a foreign passport
  • Arrival/Departure Record (I-94) in foreign passport (showing stamp for admission as LPR)
  • Appeals, or Immigration Judge granting registry, suspension of deportation, cancellation of removal, or adjustment of status
  1. Asylees

  • Arrival/Departure Record (I-94) in foreign passport (with stamp showing grant of
  • Asylum)
  • Order granting asylum by USCIS, DHS, Immigration Judge, Board of Immigration
  • Appeals, or federal court
  • Employment Authorization Document (Card) (I-766) (annotated “A5”)
  • Refugee Travel Document (I-571)
  1. Refugees

  • Arrival/Departure Record (I-94/I-94A) (stamped “Refugee” or “§207”)
  • Employment Authorization Document (Card) (I-766) (annotated “A3”)
  • Documents to Confirm Eligibility for Covered California
  • Refugee Travel Document (I-571)
  • Application for Employment Authorization (I-765), or receipt from USCIS indicating filing of application
  1. Individuals granted withholding of deportation or removal

  • Document indicating withholding of removal
  • Employment Authorization Document (Card) (I-766) (annotated “A10”)
  • Administrative order staying removal issued by the Department of Homeland Security
  • Arrival/Departure Record (I-94/I-94A)
  • Refugee Travel Document (I-571)
  1. Individuals paroled into the U.S.

  • Arrival/Departure Record (I-94/I-94A)
  • Employment Authorization Document (Card) (I-766)
  • Employment Authorization and Advance Parole Card (I-512)
  1. Qualified Domestic Violence Survivor and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

  2. Victim of Trafficking and his/her Spouse, Child, Sibling or Parent

  3. Member of a federally-recognized Indian tribe or American Indian born in Canada

  4. Other Non-immigrant Status (letter visas)

  • F-1, F-2, M1 and M2 (academic and student non-immigrant visa categories)
  • J-1 and J-2 (exchange visitors including professors, scholars and physicians nonimmigrant visa categories)
  • H, L, O, P, Q (temporary worker non-immigrant visas categories)

Note: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is not an eligible immigration status for health insurance through Covered California.

Need Help?

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