Public Charge


Federal court judges in California and several other states have ordered that the Department of Homeland Security cannot implement and enforce the Final Rule on Public Charge Inadmissibility (Final Rule), which was set to go into effect on October 15, 2019. The court orders also postpone the effective date of the Final Rule until the cases are fully resolved, which could take months. This means that the current Public Charge Rule (without the recently adopted changes related to Medi-Cal, CalFresh, and federal housing programs, among other things) remains in effect until further notice.

If you have questions about how public charge could impact your immigration status, you should speak to your immigration lawyer. If you do not have one, you may contact the Los Angeles County Office of Immigrant Affairs at 1-800-593-8222 to be connected to free or low-cost immigration legal aid.