Updates to Public Charge

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. This means that using some public benefits could affect your application for a Green Card.
January 27, 2020

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.

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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.