If you are feeling sick or showing symptoms that resemble COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath) seek medical care. Do not let fear of public charge, stop you from taking care of your health.
USCIS has announced that “Seeking medical treatment for COVID-19 does not negatively affect future Public Charge Rule for immigrants.” You can read the full statement here.
USCIS encourages everyone, including immigrants, showing symptoms that resemble COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath) to seek necessary medical treatment or preventive services.
If you have specific questions about public charge, contact one of the agencies below.
- Bay Area Legal Aid: (408) 850-7066 English, Spanish
- Asian Law Alliance: (408) 287-9710 English, Vietnamese, Chinese, Tagalog, Korean, Spanish
- Law Foundation of Silicon Valley: (408) 280-2420 English, Vietnamese, Chinese, Spanish, and more*
*Law Foundation of Silicon Valley does not specialize in immigration law but can answer questions about using Public Benefit programs.
- More information about public charge