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Update as of 03/13/20: USCIS has announced that immigrants can seek testing, treatment, and prevention of COVID-19 without fearing immigration consequences due to “public charge.” Asking for and maintaining records of any medical treatments you may receive related to COVID-19 is strongly recommended.

Resources on Public Charge

The New York State Office for New Americans has organized informational webinars and phone banks on “public charge” and has partnered with other state agencies to produce and disseminate relevant materials. For upcoming trainings and workshops on “public charge,” visit the ONA events calendar: https://www.newamericans.ny.gov/calendar.html

New York State Resources:

New York State Office for New Americans

New York State Department of Health

New York State Homes and Community Renewal

Statements from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Other Resources:

Protecting Immigrant Families

New York Immigration Coalition

How can I get help?

If you are wondering if you should stop using public benefits, you should first consult an immigration attorney. To schedule a free legal consultation, or for any other questions regarding “public charge,” call the New York State New Americans Hotline at 1-800-566-7636. The Hotline is open from 9:00am to 8:00pm Monday-Friday (except federal holidays).

Overview of Public Charge

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Resources on Public Charge