Are you and your family members U.S. citizens?
Public charge does NOT apply to you.
You should continue to enroll in programs you are eligible for.
Do you and your family members already have green cards?
Public charge and any changes under new rules rule WILL NOT affect you when you renew your green card or apply to become a U.S. Citizen. However, if you plan to leave the country for more than 6 months, it is a good idea to talk with an immigration attorney.
Are you applying for or have one of the following statuses?
TPS, U or T Visa, Asylum or Refugee status, or Special Immigrant Juvenile Status? The public charge test does NOT apply to all immigrants, including the categories listed here. If you already have or are in the process of applying for one of these immigration statuses, you can continue to use any government programs that you qualify for.
Do you plan to apply for a family-based green card?
Only the use of the public programs listed on first page will be considered in the public charge test. Your income, age, health, education, skills, family situation, and sponsor’s affidavit of support will also be considered. You should talk with an expert for advice on your case before making any decisions. For free or low-cost options in your area, go to https://www.immigrationadvocates.org/nonprofit/legaldirectory/ or visit: www.ProtectImmigrantFamilies.org
You can also refer to California Department of Social Services for a list of qualified immigration services and legal resources: https://www.cdss.ca.gov/Benefits-Services/More-Services/Immigration-Services/Immigration-Services-Contractors