The Public Charge Rule


ALERT: Both the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) public charge rule and the Department of State (DOS) public charge policy are currently not in effect. The DHS rule was reversed via Executive Order on Jan. 29, 2021, while the DOS policy was paused indefinitely on July 29, 2020. This Public Charge Risk Estimator reflects those policies, which initially took effect on Feb. 24, 2020, and will not be updated according to the previous, longstanding guidance issued in 1999. The results produced by this tool therefore may not reflect existing rules. Learn more.


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