USCIS said it will apply the new rule to applications submitted on or after February 24, 2020. Public benefits received before February 24, 2020 will not be considered in the public charge determination.
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.