Updated: Jul 23
The US wants people who come to America to be able to take care of themselves. It means that the government needs them to prove that they are self-sufficient and less dependent on welfare.
The public charge law started being implemented since October 2019 and is now entirely in the application.
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What are public charges?
A public charge is any spending the government spends on you because you are unable to be self-sufficient. It includes:
SNAP (Food Stamp)
Most forms of Medicaid
Certain Subsidized Housing Program
What public charges are not?
A public charge is not an investment the government makes on you because of the following:
Emergency Medical Assistance
National school lunch programs
Medicaid for people under 21 or pregnant women
Foster Care and Adoption Subsidies
Student and Mortgage loan
To learn more about public charges, click here.