In 2019, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published a final public charge rule. The final rule expands public benefit programs from the use of income assistance programs (e.g. TANF, SSI) and governmentally subsidized long-term medical care to include federally funded Medicaid programs (with some exceptions) federally funded housing programs, federal food assistance programs (i.e. SNAP), and federal and state income maintenance programs. The rule also expands the factors considered in the “totality of circumstances test” used during an application.

The final public charge rule has gone into effect as of February 24, 2020. 

The following resources are designed to aid assisters when working with clients. Information included is not intended to provide legal advice.

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