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Eligible New Hires

Employers can hire eligible employees from the following target groups for WOTC.

Click here for a chart on the certification criteria for the WOTC target groups.

A veteran who is:

  • A member of a family that received SNAP benefits (food stamps) for at least a 3-month period during the 15-month period ending on the hiring date.
  • Entitled to compensation for a service-connected disability:
    • Hired within 1 year of discharge or release from active duty
    • Unemployed at least 6 months in the year ending on the hiring date
  • Unemployed:
    • At least 4 weeks in the year ending on the hiring date
    • At least 6 months in the year ending on the hiring date

Please note that to be considered a veteran eligible for WOTC, an individual must meet these two standards:

  • Have served on active duty (not including training) in the U.S. Armed Forces for more than 180 days or have been discharged or released from active duty for a service-connected disability
  • Not have a period of active duty (not including training) of more than 90 days that ended during the 60-day period ending on the hiring date

Long-term Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Recipient:

A member of a family that meets one of the following circumstances:

  • Received TANF benefits for at least 18 consecutive months ending on the hiring date.
  • Received TANF benefits for at least 18 consecutive or non-consecutive months after August 5, 1997, and has a hiring date that is not more than 2 years after the end of the earliest 18-month period after August 5, 1997.
  • Stopped being eligible for TANF payments during the past 2 years because a Federal or state law limited the maximum time those payments could be made.

Short-term TANF Recipient:

  • A member of a family that received TANF benefits for any 9-month period during the 18-month period ending on the hiring date.

SNAP (food stamp) Recipient:

  • An 18-39 year old member of a family that received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for the 6 months ending of the hiring date or received SNAP benefits for at least 3 of the 5 months ending on the hiring date.

Designated Community Resident:

  • An 18-39 year old who lives within one of the federally designated Rural Renewal Counties or Empowerment Zones.

Vocational Rehabilitation Referral:

  • An individual with a disability who completed or is completing rehabilitative services from a state-certified agency, an Employment Network under the Ticket to Work program, or the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

Ex-felon:

  • An individual who has been convicted of a felony and has a hiring date that is not more than 1 year after the conviction or release from prison.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipient:

  • A recipient of SSI benefits for any month ending during the past 60-day period ending on the hire date.

Summer Youth Employee

  • A 16 or 17 year-old youth who works for the employer between May 1 and September 15 and lives in an Empowerment Zone.