UPDATE (8/3/2020): Beginning on July 29, 2020, U.S. Courts have stopped the Department of Homeland Security from enforcing the Final Public Charge Grounds Rule. Please see the latest update here: https://www.uscis.gov/green-card/green-card-processes-and-procedures/public-charge . As long as this decision is in effect, USCIS will apply the 1999 public charge guidance that was in place prior to the Public Charge Rule which was implemented on February 24, 2https://www.uscis.gov/green-card/green-card-processes-and-procedures/public-charge020.
The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has shared a list of legal providers across the state that may help individuals determine whether the public charge rule applies to individuals and their family members. This resource can be accessed here https://www.cdss.ca.gov/benefits-services/more-services/immigration-services/immigration-services-contractors/public-charge-contact-list.
Another resource made available by policy advocates is an online and text-based tool for individuals to determine whether the public charge rule applies. It can be accessed here https://www.keepyourbenefitsca.org/en or by texting the word “benefits” (for English) , “libre” (for Spanish), “福利” (Chinese) or “lợiích” (Vietnamese) to 650-376-8006.
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