Public Charge

Some people avoid public benefits because they think it could hurt their chance to get a green card or become a citizen.

The truth is that many immigrants can get public benefits without impacting their status.

Laptop with person waving through the screen

Important Facts to Know!


The previous administration’s public charge test ended! Use CalFresh, Medi-Cal, Section 8, and Public Housing without fear to keep your family healthy and safe!


The public charge test does not apply to all immigrants.


If you or your family member is eligible for a public benefit, then using that benefit most likely will not affect your immigration status.


The public charge test does not consider the use of MOST public benefits.


BAILA Network enrollers, promotores, and lawyers can answer your questions and help you get the benefits you need to keep your family healthy and safe!

You can also use the Keep Your Benefits guide to learn more about whether the test may apply to you.

If the public charge test does apply to you, speak with a trusted BAILA Network partner to learn which benefits programs you may be eligible for.

Get Help

Learn more in our Frequently Asked Questions