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Immigration information during the COVID-19 crisis

April 2020
  • The Public Charge Rule and the COVID-19 Crisis
    This article answers common questions such as: If I use benefits during the COVID-19 crisis, will I be a public charge? Will receipt of stimulus funds under the CARES Act count against me for Public Charge? Will receiving unemployment insurance make me a public charge? Also see the legal aid article, Frequently Asked Questions About the Public Charge Rule.

  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has suspended routine in-person services until at least May 4. USCIS staff will continue to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public. However, USCIS will provide emergency services for limited situations. To schedule an emergency appointment, contact the USCIS Contact Center.

  • USCIS encourages anyone with symptoms that resemble Coronavirus to get necessary medical treatment. Medical treatment or preventive services will not negatively affect any future Public Charge analysis. Read more...

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