For decades, community health centers (CHCs) have been the safety net providers for underserved and low income communities, while also serving as active advocates for their patients’ healthcare rights. This is especially true now that our immigrant patients and communities are facing extreme fears of deportation under the new administration. 

Public Charge 

Proposed changes to the public charge rule were published in the Federal Register and the 60 day comment period for Public Charge is now open (October 10 – December 10). CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates will continue to work with our partners throughout the comment period. Public Charge is a term used in immigration law to describe an individual who is dependent on the government for financial and material support. The likelihood that a person will become a public charge is considered when the U.S. State Department Embassy or Consular officers abroad review visa applications for entrance or re-entrance into the United States, as well as when USCIS reviews applications for legal permanent resident (LPR) status in the US (i.e. applying for a green card). Public charge is NOT taken into consideration for people who have LPR status and are applying to become U.S. citizens.

When determining if a person is likely to become a public charge, the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) requires the government to consider a variety of factors, including the person’s age, health, resources, family size, and education and skills.

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CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates Staff Contact

For questions, please contact Liz Oseguera, Senior Policy Analyst, at liz@healthplusadvocates.org or (916) 503-9069.