Public Charge

Public Charge icon“Public charge” is a term used in immigration law to describe a person using government assistance programs for income, housing, health care, and food over extended periods of time. If someone applying for a green card or to enter the US on a visa is deemed likely to become a “public charge,” their application may be denied. Immigration officials consider a person’s health, age, income, and skills when deciding if someone should pass the public charge test. This rule has been in existence for a long time, but was updated to be more stringent on February 24, 2020.

In October 2018, the Department of Homeland Security proposed a change to the public charge rule and invited public comments. In August 2019, the final rule was published, and was expected to take effect in October 2019. However, multiple lawsuits were filed, and several federal courts issued injunctions, temporarily stopping the rule from being implemented while the cases made their way through the courts. In January 2020, the Supreme Court lifted the remaining nationwide injunction, allowing the rule change to be implemented. The rule is now in effect, however, Medicaid, SNAP, and housing benefits used before February 24, 2020 date will not be considered under the new rule.

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Navigating Discrimination in Health Care

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Published: April 28, 2020

Issue: COVID-19, General, Public Charge, Safe Health Care Spaces
Document Type: Handout / Flyer

For: Community Partners, Health Care Staff & Providers, Immigrants

Navegando la Discriminacion en la Atención Médica

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Published: April 28, 2020

Issue: COVID-19, General, Public Charge, Safe Health Care Spaces
Document Type: Handout / Flyer

For: Community Partners, Health Care Staff & Providers, Immigrants

Public Charge Webinar for Legal Practitioners

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Published: April 24, 2020

Issue: Public Charge
Document Type: Video / Webinar

For: Community Partners

Carga Pública: Lo Que Necesitas Saber

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Published: April 14, 2020

Issue: Public Charge
Document Type: Other

For: Community Partners, Health Care Staff & Providers, Immigrants

Acceder a Medicaid de Emergencia

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Published: April 11, 2020

Issue: COVID-19, Public Charge
Document Type: Video / Webinar

For: Immigrants

Accessing Emergency Medicaid

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Published: April 11, 2020

Issue: COVID-19, Public Charge
Document Type: Video / Webinar

For: Immigrants

Public Charge: What You Need to Know

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Published: April 2, 2020

Issue: Public Charge
Document Type: Other


Herramientas de Entrenamiento

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Published: April 2, 2020

Issue: Public Charge
Document Type: Toolkit / Worksheet


Presentation Toolkit

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Published: April 2, 2020

Issue: Public Charge
Document Type: Toolkit / Worksheet


Hoja Informativa sobre Beneficios de Desempleo

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Published: March 27, 2020

Issue: Public Charge
Document Type: Handout / Flyer


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