On March 9, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice withdrew its legal challenges to court orders that had blocked the new Public Charge rule.
This allows a federal court decision permanently blocking and striking down the rule to go into effect. The Public Charge rule is now blocked nationwide.
View statements from New York City officials on the end of the Trump Administration’s Public Charge rule.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has stated that it will return to using policies in place before the new Public Charge rule. Check the USCIS web page on Public Charge for updates.
New Yorkers with questions about the Public Charge rule can call the ActionNYC hotline at 800-354-0365, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and say "public charge" to access timely and trusted information and connections to City-funded, free and safe immigration legal help.
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Please call 311 to get more information on legal services.
There have been no changes to the eligibility rules for our benefits and services for our clients who are immigrants.
Clients who are immigrants and who are concerned that they may be at risk of deportation may obtain free, safe immigration advice and assistance from: ActionNYC hotline at 1-800-354-0365.
If a family member or friend is detained and in need of a lawyer you may call: The Legal Aid Society’s hotline at 1-844-955-3425.
The City of New York also reaffirms its long-standing policy and commitment to protect the privacy of our clients and the confidentiality of client information pursuant to Federal, State and Local Law, as well as the policies of City agencies.
Visit the NYC Public Charge Website for the latest updates regarding changes to Federal "Public Charge" rules.