Community Handout on Public Charge

Community Resources
Immigrant Youth
Public Charge
Publication Date

This new handout, written for youth and families with questions about the “public charge” rule, provides an overview of public charge and answers common questions about its application.

On September 9, 2022, DHS published a new rule on public charge that is set to take effect on December 23, 2022. Until then, USCIS is following longstanding guidance from 1999. If litigation is filed against the rule, the effective date may change. Please check the ILRC’s public charge page at for updates. Notwithstanding announcement of the new rule, the information in this resource is current and continues to apply.