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Public Charges And New Immigrants-1

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:


General Assistance

SNAP (Food Stamp)

SSI

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

Disaster Relief

National school lunch programs

WIIC

CHIP

Medicaid for people under 21 or pregnant women

Foster Care and Adoption Subsidies

Student and Mortgage loan

Energy Assistance

Food pantries

Homeless shelters

Head Start


To learn more about public charges, click here.


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