Analysis & Research

NOTE: As of March 9, 2021, the Trump-era Department of Homeland Security public charge regulations no longer exist or apply. All materials on this page have been updated to reflect current public charge policy guidance that went into effect in March 2021.

Public Charge
The Trump Administration’s public charge rule is no longer in effect. For decisions about applications for admission and adjustment to LPR status processed inside the U.S. as of March 9, 2021, the 1999 INS Field Guidance is in effect. The INS Field Guidance was the policy in place for two decades before the Trump administration’s public charge rule. For decisions about applications for admission or LPR status processed outside the U.S. (at embassies or consular offices abroad), the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) Guidance  is in effect. This FAM Guidance is consistent with the 1999 INS Field Guidance.

Immigrant Access to Public Programs During COVID-19
Many public programs are available to assist individuals and families during the COVID-19 crisis.

The PIF coalition has compiled the latest research, reports, and studies that show how public charge policy harms immigrant families and workers, public health, and our economy.

Along with the support of the pollsters at BSP Research, the PIF coalition launched two surveys: one to gain insight on the long-standing impacts of the 2019 public charge rule, and one on the LIFT the BAR Act.