When Is It Safe for Immigrants to Use Public Benefits?

Authored By: National Immigration Law Center

The U.S. government has important news about "public charge"—when receiving public benefits may affect your immigration status or your ability to travel outside of the U.S. The government's guidance, which took effect May 25, 1999, gives clear rules about when it is and is not safe to use public benefits.

Last Review and Update: Jul 01, 2013