Public Charge Resources

Posted: September 1, 2020
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Latest News on Public Charge: On July 29, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a nationwide preliminary injunction in a case called New York et al v. Department of Homeland Security et al, blocking the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from enforcing the President’s new public charge rule during the period of the declared public health emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, on August 12, a judge on the 2nd Circuit narrowed the district court’s order issuing a nationwide preliminary injunction against the Public Charge rule by indicating that the injunction will apply only within the states in the 2nd Circuit (New York, Connecticut and Vermont) removing the nationwide injunction. The public charge rule is now back in effect in most states, including California. 

PIF Coalition Public Charge Litigation Tracker

  • The PIF coalition developed a google document to track all litigation efforts on Public Charge. Click HERE to access the shared document. (Updated August 2020)

U.S.Citizenship and Immigration Services: Guidance on Public Charge Regarding Coronavirus

As of Friday, March 13, USCIS encourages anyone with symptoms that resemble coronavirus or COVID-19 to seek necessary medical treatment or preventative services. Immigrants who undergo medical testing or treatment related to it will not be penalized when applying for naturalization under the newly enacted public charge rule. See new guidance from USCIS HERE.

Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) Practice Alert: Temporary Changes to USCIS in Response to COVID-19

ILRC updated a practice alert which provides a brief summary of temporary changes USCIS has made in response to COVID-19. This practice alert includes that as of September 11, 2020, USCIS may resume implementation of the new public charge rule nationwide. This document will be updated as further changes occur. Click HERE to access the practice alert. (September 2020)

NEW! CA PIF Immigrant Health Community Packet

The California PIF Campaign and health and immigrant rights experts developed a packet for advocates to easily access documents, information, presentations, and sample social media posts to help elevate the message that Undocumented Californians have the right to access public services. Access the community packet HERE.

Public Charge Informational Videos

California Department of Social Services Public Charge Contact List

Click HERE for a list of all organizations in California that are funded by the state to provide Public Charge legal advice on immigration. (May 2020)

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) 24/7 Hotline

CHIRLA provides a 24-hour immigrant assistance hotline. The hotline is staffed by bilingual referral specialists who understand that in California, immigrants have the right to medical care, without regard to their immigration status. Visit the CHIRLA Immigrant Resources page HERE for more information for immigrant communities on seeking testing and/or medical care for COVID-19. CHIRLA 24/7 Hotline: 1-888-624-4752

California Health Care Foundation (CHCF): Message Testing to Combat Public Charge’s Chilling Effect

Public Charge & Health Insurance in California- Western Center on Law & Poverty

Office of the Governor: California Immigrant Guide (Public Charge & COVID-19)

Neighborhood Legal Services LA County (NLSLA)

  • Public Charge FAQ 
  • “Know Your Rights” Flyers – English | Spanish
  • Public Charge Hotline (for information or a referral. Free & Confidential): 1-800-433-6251 (LA County)

Public Charge Guide from the California Health and Human Services Agency

Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF)

Keep Your Benefits

Public Charge Assessment Tool (Updated January 27, 2020): PIF California and partner organizations, including Legal Aid of San Mateo County, created a screening tool to share with immigrant communities. The tool was developed by benefits experts and immigration lawyers to help individuals understand if “public charge” is likely to apply to them given their immigration status and/or public benefits use.

Keep Your Benefits CA: Public Charge Information & Resources

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County

Public Charge: Frequently Asked Questions

Public Charge Know Your Rights Flyers English | Spanish

My Health LA Public Charge Flyers 

LIBRE Project Public Charge Flyers

NACHC Health Center Specific Frequently Asked Questions

Legal Resources 

Resources from Coalitions & Organizations