What you should know and do about your public benefits

Consult with an attorney to find out if public charge applies to you

Public Charge test decides whether someone is likely to become primarily dependent on the government to support him/herself

Public charge does NOT apply if: Does NOT apply to:
Renewal of your permanent residence card (Green Card) Refugees
Naturalization (Citizenship) Asylees
Permanent legal residents (180-day rule) T Visa Applicants
DACA renewals U Visa Applicants
TPS renewals VAWA Petitions

Public Charge Test Applies:


The use of benefits by relatives does NOT count such as citizen/LPR Children or undocumented partner only the benefits that the immigrant is using (unless it’s the family’s main income)