Public Charge: Five Things to Know

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This provides 5 essential facts to know about public charge if you are a green card holder (LPR), if you are undocumented, or if you are applying to sponsor a family member for immigration.

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.