United States Citizenship and Immigration Service restated its longstanding policy regarding Public Charge
|This webpage will be updated soon to reflect the changes from the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final Rule, scheduled to be effective on Oct. 15, 2019. Please not, this Final Rule makes clear that WIC will not be an enumerated public benefit under 8 CFR 212.21(b).|
Letters to various Directors of Human Services with attached Public Charge fact sheet
Public charge has been part of U.S. immigration law for more than 100 years as a ground of inadmissibility and deportation. An individual who is likely at any time to become a public charge is inadmissible to the United States and ineligible to become a legal permanent resident. However, receiving public benefits does not automatically make an individual a public charge. This fact sheet seeks to inform non-citizens about public charge determinations and help them to make informed choices about whether to apply for certain public benefits.