Welcome back to the Immigration Lawyer Blog, where we discuss all things immigration. In this video, attorney Jacob Sapochnick discusses one of your frequently asked questions: do people with green cards need to worry about using government benefits due to the Coronavirus crisis?
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Do green card holders need to worry about collecting benefits during the Coronavirus crisis?
The short answer is no. The people who are subject to the public charge rule are (1) people who are applying for adjustment of status within the United States (green cards) (2) people who are applying for an immigrant visa at a US Consulate or Embassy overseas and (3) people who are changing their non-immigrant visa status (with certain lenient criteria). In general, individuals may not obtain certain benefits from the government including:
- Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI)
- Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
- Non-Emergency Medicaid
- Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
- Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance and
- Certain other forms of subsidized housing.
Read our Public Charge FAQ guide here.