An evaluation of someone’s history to show the government that they are generally able to support themselves financially, and won’t be a “public charge,” relying primarily on the government for financial support. Someone will generally only be reviewed for public charge if:
If you are currently using, or have used one of the following programs in the past, the government could determine that you are a public charge. However, the government must consider all of your circumstances.
Each case is unique, you should consult with an attorney or an accredited organization.
If you have the following immigration status, public charge does not apply to you:
You are a US Citizen
You have permanent residency
He tried to, but the changes were reversed. The previous 1999 Public Charge policy is effective again.
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According to the government, “As a general rule,” what your family receives of public benefits “is not attributable to the applicant [you] for purposes of determining the likelihood that the applicant [you] will become a public charge.” Only if you, as part of your family, rely on such benefits as the “sole means of support” may you be subject to a public charge finding, but it must be done on a case-by-case basis and only upon consideration of all of your circumstances.
Because each case is unique, you should consult with an attorney or an accredited organization.
Recorded on December 16, 2020
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