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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has confirmed that prevention, testing, or receiving treatment for COVID-19 will NOT be considered in public charge determinations under the new public charge test.

USCIS has also confirmed that immigrants will have the opportunity to argue their case if their use of public assistance during the COVID-19 crisis is not an accurate reflection of their ability to support themselves in normal circumstances.

Please continue seeking support during this crisis — the health and wellbeing of your family is important! For additional support on the new public charge test and accessing healthcare during COVID-19, please visit the National Immigration Law Center’s Access to Healthcare page.

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February 24th UPDATE:

The public charge test is a wealth test made to keep low-income families from earning legal permanent residency. Changes to the public charge test that further harm families went into effect on February 24th, 2020 after a multi-year national fight.

While the final rule applies to only a small segment of immigrant families and select public programs they may use, the rumors, confusion, and fear is widespread.

But we know that the best way to fight fear is with facts.

Per USCIS, the final rule will ONLY apply to applications submitted on or after February 24, 2020.

Benefits affected by the rule change that are received BEFORE February 24, 2020 will NOT be considered in the public charge determination.

For more information on which benefits are included in the final rule, please refer to our resources below.

An Informed Community Is A Strong Community

Public Charge: Will It Affect Me?

Use our roadmap to find out if you would be affected by public charge:

You’ll also notice a blank space on the fact sheet. Feel free to add a sticker with your local legal resources or other up-to-date messages for your community!

Public Charge Toolkit

We are excited to share a new toolkit to help you better understand public charge and  help you bring this information to the schools and communities you work with. 

We recognize that public charge is a complicated issue, that there is a lot of misinformation out there, and that a lot is changing rapidly. In each community there are trusted messengers to bring information to families, and we want to help you prepare, have the most updated information, and share tools that have proven successful in educating partners and communities on this important and complex issue. 

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll find in the toolkit:

  • Public Charge Road Map 
  • Talking Points
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Template Emails 
  • Resources 
  • And more tools…

To access the toolkit, please fill out the following form:

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Additional Resources

Over the last year and a half, we have worked with national, state and local partners to advocate against changes to the public charge rule, stay updated, create supportive messaging and tools, and educate and empower families. Our materials are based on verified information developed by our partners. You can learn more from visiting the sites below.