2019 Public Charge Final Rule No Longer in Effect

The 2019 Public Charge Final Rule is no longer in effect. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the Department of Homeland Security stopped applying it to all pending applications and petitions on Tuesday, March 9. The 2019 rule applied to legal immigrants seeking legal permanent residence. It added enrollment in Medicaid, public housing, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as grounds that could lead to public charge inadmissibility. A Kaiser Family Foundation survey noted changes in coverage and service use among immigrant health center patients because of the rule.