The public charge rule, a test for immigrants coming to the US and for some immigrants in the US who are applying for a green card for the first time, is now in effect.

To learn more, see our Public Charge Section.

What is 'Public Charge'?

Authored By
Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid

‘Public charge’ is a test for immigrants coming to the US, and for some immigrants in the US, who are applying for a green card for the first time. It is a test to see if they will need public benefits in the future. New changes to the rules make the test harder.