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New Public Charge Rule

About the New Federal "Public Charge" Rule

On August 12, 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that it had finalized a new public charge rule. 

The new rule could make it harder for some immigrants who rely on certain government benefit programs to get lawful permanent residency if they are found to be a "public charge." The term “public charge” or "public charge test" is used by immigration officials to decide whether a person can enter the United States or get lawful permanent resident status (i.e. a green card).

October 15, 2019 Update

Lawsuits temporarily block the Trump Administration’s public charge rule

Federal judges have stopped the new Public Charge Rule from going into effect across the whole country. This means the new rule did not start on Oct. 15, 2019 and that public charge rules in the United States have not changed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Read these FAQs to learn more about the new rule and how it may impact people in Oregon.

Information from OHA

Public Charge Webinar, Nov. 14, 2019

Public Charge Webinar, Oct. 8, 2019

News Releases

Impact of federal 'public charge' rule change on access to health care in Oregon (08/13/2019)

Cambio a la regla federal de ‘carga pública’ afectará al acceso de servicios de salud en Oregón (13/08/2019)

OHA Contact

Jeannette Taylor, Government Relations

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