Updates to Public Charge

Using some public benefits could affect your application for a Green Card. The rule is expected to go into effect on October 15, 2019. But a legal challenge might prevent or delay the rule.

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.


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.