What is Public Charge?
Public charge is part of immigration law that has been used by federal authorities for decades. It is designed to determine whether someone may become dependent on government assistance benefits as their main source of support. If the government determines someone is likely to become a public charge, they can deny admission to the U.S. or refuse an application for lawful permanent residency.
What’s Happening and Why Are We Concerned?
The Department of Homeland Security announced Saturday, September 22, its intention to publish changes to the Public Charge Rule, which could potentially impact many of the valued community members we serve.