Public Charge – There is a new federal rule that changes how people are found to be a “Public Charge.” It lets the federal immigration agency look at a longer list of public benefits, and more factors such as family income, when deciding whether a person is likely to become a Public Charge in the future.
The new Public Charge rule DOES NOT include all public benefits. If you are one of the few immigrants who need to worry about Public Charge, remember there are some important benefits that do not count in a Public Charge test. For more information, see table below and visit here. (español) .
Some of the Benefits that can be counted in a Public Charge Test:
Some of the Benefits that cannot be counted in a Public Charge Test inside the US:
SSI (Social security insurance for people without much work history)
TANF (Monthly cash for families)
Medicaid Long-Term Care
Starting February 24, 2020, the following benefits will also be considered in the Public Charge test:
Non-emergency Medicaid (OHP) for adults who are not pregnant
Public Housing and Section 8 subsidized housing
SNAP (food stamps)
Not a complete list.
Medicaid (OHP) for kids under 21
Medicaid (OHP) for pregnant women, including 60 days post-partum
Emergency Medicaid (CAWEM)
Oregon’s Cover All Kids program
WIC (Nutrition assistance for women, infants, and children to age 5)
School-based health services for school-aged kids
Social Security Retirement
Food from the food bank or food boxes
Not a complete list.
Virtual Student Engagement
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