|Public Charge Updates & Resources
UPDATE AS OF DECEMBER 23, 2022
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule published in the Federal Register that provides clarity and consistency for noncitizens on how DHS will administer the public charge ground of inadmissibility. Effective December 23, 2022, this rule restores the historical understanding of a "public charge" and reverses the paramters set by the Trump Administration as to what types of public assistance benefits are considered as part of the public charge inadmissibility determination and how being public charge is evaluated. This also means that health care programs, including Medi-Cal, housing, food programs like CalFresh, and many other vital services will continue to be safe to use and not considered public charge. Get the care and help your family needs!