The latest on public charge and COVID-19

Good news! Nationwide injunctions against the public charge regulations from the Department of Homeland Security (USCIS) & Department of State — which institute a wealth test in our immigration system — went into effect on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. The first of these orders bars the implementation, application, and enforcement of the DHS rule nationwide so long as there is a declared national emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The second-order blocks the DOS rules, [the 2018 Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) instructions] and the Health Care Proclamation as the case goes forward. 

USCIS has also announced that immigrants can seek testing, treatment, and prevention of COVID-19 without fearing immigration consequences due to public charge. Read our quick reference guide on immigrant eligibility of federal public programs during the COVID-19 public health crisis.



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