Public Charge: When Is It Safe to Use Public Benefits?

Authored By: National Immigration Law Center


  • What is public charge?
  • Can I use health benefits like Medicaid or children's insurance?
  • Can I use food stamps (SNAP)?
  • Can I use supplemental security income (SSI), temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) or general assistance?

Read this document for answers and much more information.

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Last Review and Update: Nov 20, 2019
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