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Public Charges And New Immigrants-1

Updated: Jul 23, 2020

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)


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



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.

Herve Ngate

Africans4future Editorial

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