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12.4 Dislocated Worker Program File Documentation | 12.4.1 General Eligibility

12.4.1 General Eligibility

Revision Date: October 11, 2021

Effective date: September 1, 2020

All Dislocated Worker Program participants are required to meet general eligibility requirements, including authorization to work in the United States and Selective Service registration, when applicable.

These criteria must be documented as outlined below:

Eligibility Criterion

(Both are required)

Acceptable Documentation1

  • Only one per eligibility criterion is required
  • Documents must be unexpired at enrollment unless otherwise noted.
Eligible to Work in the United States2 One verification source from List A of I-9 Form
One verification source from List B of I-9 Form AND one verification source from List C of I-9 Form
(Documentation can be found on the I-9 form, or in the Resource Box.)
Selective Service Registration3

For individuals born male 18 years of age or older who did register:

  • Selective Service registration acknowledgment letter
  • Selective Service registration acknowledgment card
  • Screen printout from www.sss.gov showing online verification
  • Letter of verification from Selective Service
  • Selective Service Status Information Letter

For individuals born male over age 26 who did not register:

  • Documentation from the local WDB or service provider that supports the individual's failure to register was not knowing and willful. (Record as Waived in ASSET)
  • Documentation that the individual entered the country legally for the first time after their 26th birthday. Acceptable forms of supporting documentation include:5
    • Date of entry on his passport
    • I-94 with date of entry stamp on it
    • Letter from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) indicating the date the man entered the United States presented in conjunction with documentation establishing the individual's age
  • Documentation that the individual entered the country illegally for the first time after their 26th birthday. Acceptable forms of supporting documentation include:6
    • Proof that he was not living in the U.S. from age 18 through 25
  • Copy of a valid, non-immigrant visa

Individuals born male who are over the age of 18 at the time of application, but have not yet turned 26, and have not yet registered for Selective Service, must complete Selective Service registration before they can be determined eligible for the Adult Program.

See the Selective Service Guidance, which gives information about who is and is not required to register, and steps to take if someone was required to register but failed to do so.

This list is not intended to be exhaustive. Please visit the Selective Service website for more information about the registration requirements at www.sss.gov. Refer to the Selective Service System's Documentation List for a complete list of acceptable documentation.

Eligible to Work in the United States

Effective date: October 1, 2017

Individuals eligible to work in the U.S. include (WIOA Sec. 188(a)(5); 20 CR §683.285(5)):

  • citizens and nationals of the United States;
  • lawfully admitted permanent resident aliens, refugees and asylees (who are authorized to work in the U.S. because of their refugee or asylee status); and
  • other immigrants authorized by the Secretary of Homeland Security or the Secretary's designee to work in the U.S. This includes immigrants covered by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) who have applied for and received work authorization (TEGL 02-14, p. 2).