Public Charge Updates

What is public charge? “Public charge” is a ground of inadmissibility. Grounds of inadmissibility are reasons that a person could be denied a green card, visa, or admission into the United States. It is not a test that applies to everyone. In deciding whether to grant an applicant a green card or a visa, an immigration officer must decide whether that person is likely to become dependent on certain government benefits in the future, which would make them a “public charge.”

When do the new public charge rules take effect? USCIS will implement the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule on February 24, 2020. The final rule will apply only to applications postmarked on or after Feb. 24, 2020. For applications sent by UPS, FedEx, etc., the postmark date is the date reflected on the courier receipt. DHS will not consider an applicant’s use or application for the newly added non-cash public benefits received before February 24, 2020. (An adjudicator can already consider receipt of cash-aid in the public charge, certification or approval to receive, or receipt of certain non-cash public benefits before Feb. 24, 2020.)

Does Public Charge Apply to me?

Informative Poster of Does Public Change Apply to Me

Public Charge: Does this apply to me?
(How public charge will impact you based on your immigration status, and what you should do)

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! Public Charge Messages for Community Members
(Top messages to share with immigrant communities on the recent changes to public charge)

Should I Keep My Kids Enrolled in Health & Nutrition Programs?
(Use this guide to help answer commonly asked questions about how to make good decisions for your family and their health)



Source: Protecting Immigrants Families

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