Public Charge Information for SLO County Families
During the Trump Administration, there were efforts to expand the “public charge” test to include additional programs and services that could be used to deny legal permanent resident (LPR) status and entry into the US for immigrants. The proposed rules led to much confusion and stress among immigrant families.
All of those proposals have been withdrawn and the long-standing public charge rules are in place. Basically, the only programs that can be considered in a public charge determination are:
1) the receipt of public cash aid (such as Cal-Works, SSI, General Assistance), or
2) government funded long term care.
And the public charge determination still only affects those persons who are seeking to enter the US or adjust their status to that of a legal permanent resident. For up to date handouts about Public Charge, for background and to give to families: protectingimmigrantfamilies.org/know-your-rights
Another wonderful resource is a Public Charge Tool found at: https://keepyourbenefits.org/en/ca/. The tool gives families basic information about the public charge rule and tell them whether using public benefits could affect their immigration status. It provides simple information in multiple languages and clear prompts and answers.
To access the guide you can either: Send a text message to 650.376.8006. The message should simply say "benefits" for English, "libre" for Spanish, "福利" for Chinese, or "lợiích" for Vietnamese language assistance. Go online to visit KeepYourBenefitsCA.org (also available in Spanish and Chinese).
List of Immigration Legal Resources in SLO County
Download a customized list of legal resources related to immigration that are available to SLO County residents.
Immigrant Rights Resource List
Download this page to find resources for immigrant families.