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Public Charge Update: Keep Getting the Help You Need


While no changes have been made, a recent court decision now allows the Federal Government to expand the benefits considered under the public charge test that could affect immigrant residents’ applications for Legal Permanent Residency or visas to enter the US. County Health is concerned that the vast majority of residents and clients who will NOT be affected by the potential rule changes may be deterred from getting the public benefits they need. We urge clients who are concerned to find out if they are actually affected before foregoing important benefits for needed food, healthcare and housing.  Residents or clients can call 650.363.1800 or visit to learn more. San Mateo County Legal Aid is sharing updated information at in Spanish, Chinese and English, and a texting tool available in Spanish (libre), English (benefits), Vietnamese (lợiích) and Chinese (福利): 650-376-8006.