CSAC Bulletin Article

State Resource on Public Charge

October 6, 2022

The California Health and Human Services Agency (CalHHS) recently created an updated Public Charge Guide (also available in Spanish) to assist individuals and families with understanding federal public charge policy. The CalHHS resource details which public benefits can be considered when determining whether to extend or revise a legal immigrant’s status, who the public charge rule applies to, and which public benefits are not considered.  This updated guide reflects the recent final public charge rule issued by the Biden Administration earlier this month. As detailed in a recent federal update in the CSAC Bulletin, this final rule overturns the Trump Administration’s rule to expand the definition of public charge to require consideration of receipt of additional public benefits.

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