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Public Charge FAQ – Frequently asked questions about changes to the Public Charge


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» US Citizens

» Green Card Holders/Legal Permanent Residents—Unless you leave the country for more than 180 days (6 months). If you leave for more than 6 months, you may be subject to the test.

» Refugees

» Asylees

» Violence Against Women Act petitioners

» Temporary Protected Status applicant/holder

» U and T Visa applicant/holder

» Special Immigrant Juvenile

» DACA recipients—If you decide to apply for a green card/US citizenship, then the public

charge test may apply


The following public benefit programs are considered:

» CalFresh/SNAP

» Section 8 Housing and project based rental assistance

» Medi-Cal

» Long Term Institutional Care paid for by the government



» Cash Assistance


» General Relief

  FAQ continued


» Unemployment benefits


» School-based nutrition services

» Medi-Cal for children under the age of 21

» Medi-Cal for pregnancy and up to 60 days afterwards

» Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

» Emergency and school-based Medi-Cal

» Public health services

» Veteran’s benefits

» Worker’s compensation

» Government pensions

» Social security retirement, or disability benefits (based on work history and sufficient quarters earned)

» Benefits that are used by other family members

» Emergency and disaster relief

» Head Start

» Benefits used by members of the military, reserves, and their family members

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