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Eligibility for NFJP Enrollment

Eligibility in common with WIOA Title IB:
  Citizen or noncitizen authorized to work in the U.S.
Meets Military Selective Service Requirements
Adult 18 years old or older
Youth 14-21 In-School; Youth 16-24 Out-of-School
NFJP Eligibility for a SEASONAL Farmworker:
  Low income [defined in WIOA Sec. 3(36)(A) and (B)]
Primarily employed in qualifying agricultural labor during any consecutive 12 months in the 24-month period immediately preceding application and have 50% of earned income OR time in qualifying farmwork and faces multiple barriers to economic self-sufficiency.
NFJP Eligibility for a MIGRANT Farmworker:
  Must be a seasonal farmworker (see above) whose agricultural labor required travel to a job site making it unable to return to a permanent residence within the same day
Also Eligible for NFJP Career Services and Training:
  Dependents of a migrant or seasonal farmworker

QUALIFYING AGRICULTURAL LABOR

Qualifying farmwork is characterized by chronic unemployment or underemployment in the

production, cultivation, growing and harvesting of any agricultural or horticultural commodities;
raising livestock, bees, fur-bearing animals and poultry;
fish farming and aquaculture; practices (e.g., forestry, lumbering) performed by a farmer or on a farm in conjunction with farming operations in preparation for market or delivery and transport to market;
the handling, drying, packing, packaging, processing, freezing or grading prior to delivery for storage of any commodity in its unmanufactured state.

Examples of non-qualifying farmworker jobs are: landscaping, canning cooked fruit and vegetables, meatpacking.

The details defining eligibility elements and qualifying farmwork may change after WIOA regulations are finalized.

For assistance with eligibility determination for NFJP, contact IMC Staff.

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