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Public Charge Rule Info, Resources - Key Information You Need to Know

The federal government is scheduled to make changes to the “public charge test" on October 15. It is used by immigration officials to decide if someone can come to the U.S. as an immigrant, or if they can get a green card (lawful permanent resident or “LPR” status). In this test, officials look at all of a person’s circumstances, including income, employment, health, education or skills, family situation and whether a sponsor signed a contract (“affidavit of support”) promising to support the person.

The changes mean officials will also see if an immigrant uses Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (EBT or Food Stamps”), Federal Public Housing and Section 8 assistance, cash assistance (like SSI, TANF, and General Assistance), and Medicaid.

Read the entire newsletter from ARCA that has links to a simple flow chart, directory of resources as well as a number of useful fact sheets: