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Updates to Public Charge

This rule is not in effect. On October 11, 2019, a federal judge temporarily blocked the rule from taking effect until the case is decided in court. If it goes into effect, it would mean that using some public benefits could affect your application for a Green Card.

San Franciscans with questions about this rule change and possible immigration consequences should contact a qualified immigration attorney. These consultations are free or low-cost for San Franciscans.

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You may also contact the San Francisco Human Services Agency for questions about public charge and use of public benefits


While the rule change will not affect eligibility for federal, state, and local public benefits, whether someone is considered a "public charge" may have serious immigration consequences.