An “eligible couple” is an eligible individual and his or her eligible spouse.
An “ineligible spouse” is an eligible individual's husband or wife who does not meet all of the criteria for SSI eligibility.
An “essential person” is an ineligible person:
Who lives in the same household as the eligible individual or couple; and
Whose needs were taken into account in computing the amount payable to a recipient prior to conversion from one of the State adult assistance programs. (See §2172.)
For the purposes of evaluating income and resources, a “child” is a person who is:
Not the head of a household;
Under age 18; or
Under age 22 and a student, regularly attending an educational or vocational training institution in a course of study designed to prepare him or her for a paying job.
A “sponsor” is an individual who signs an affidavit of support or similar agreement on behalf of an alien.