Public Charge


[Update January 31, 2020]

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

Medicaid, SNAP (“Food Stamps”), HUD public housing, and “Section 8” housing and other benefits affected by the rule that are received BEFORE February 24, 2020 will NOT be considered in the public charge determination.

*Medicaid, EXCEPT FOR emergency services, children under 21 years, pregnant women and new mothers up to 60 days after pregnancy ends.

For more information on which benefits are included in the final rule, please refer to our resources which will be updated soon to reflect the current implementation date.