Public Charge

On August 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security released a new rule regarding "public charge" grounds of inadmissibility. The rule is not applicable to all immigrants[*]. It only applies in specific circumstances and to specific public benefits programs.

This rule will not be effective until October 15th. If you are currently using public benefits, please use this time to understand whether this rule applies to your case before making a decision regarding your public benefits.

The Governor's Office has issued the following statement related to public charge:

To understand if this rule is relevant to you or your family please seek qualified legal advice. It is important to have accurate information so you can make the best decision for the health and well being of your family.

For further information please see the below resources, including a list of non-profit legal services providers located across California.

Are you interested in seeing what public benefits you may qualify for? Pick your county of residence, and apply to public benefits


* The public charge regulation does not apply to lawful permanent residents (green card holders) applying for citizenship, refugees, asylees, Special Immigrant Juveniles (SIJs), certain trafficking victims (T nonimmigrants), victims of qualifying criminal activity (U nonimmigrants), or victims of domestic violence (VAWA self-petitioners), among others.