Some people who apply for lawful permanent residence (“green card”) or a visa to enter the United States must pass a “public charge” test. This test looks at whether the person is likely to use certain government services in the future. Immigration officials review all of a person’s circumstances including their age, income, health, education or skills (including English language skills), and their sponsor’s affidavit of support. They can also consider whether a person – not a family member – has used certain public benefit programs.
Whether you are affected by the public charge test depends on your current and future immigration or citizenship status.
The public charge test DOES NOT apply. If you plan to leave the country for more than 6 months, it is a good idea to speak with an immigration attorney. The public charge test is NOT part of the U.S. Citizenship Application.
The public charge test DOES NOT apply. You may use any benefits for which you qualify
The new public charge test MAY APPLY. You should speak with a qualified immigration lawyer who understands the new rule. There are many benefit programs that will not affect applications.
United States Consular Offices in other countries use different rules. Speak to a qualified attorney before making a decision about your case or about public benefit programs.
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