Public Charge: What the Community Needs to Know

Public Charge
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This FAQ on public charge can be used to help education and outreach workers present information about public charge to community members and/or as a handout for audience members from the community.

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.