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Updates to Public Charge Rule

The new “public charge” rule went into effect on February 24, 2020. But many immigrants will not be impacted by these changes. Talk to a qualified immigration attorney to see if these changes may or may not affect you.

The new “public charge” rule means 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.

Talk to an expert.

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

On January 27, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court said the “public charge” rule could go into effect while the case is being decided in court. USCIS said it will apply the new rule to applications submitted on or after February 24, 2020. 

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.

Most immigrants who receive public benefits and services will not be impacted by the new public charge rule. This rule will not affect humanitarian immigrants like refugees and asylum seekers, or green card holders who are applying for U.S. citizenship or green card renewal.