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Are you at risk under the public charge rule?


Both the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) public charge rule and the Department of State (DOS) public charge policy are currently not in effect. The DHS rule was halted on March 9, 2021, while the DOS policy was paused indefinitely on July 29, 2020. This page reflects those policies, which initially took effect on Feb. 24, 2020, and will not be immediately updated according to the previous, longstanding guidance issued in 1999.
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  • Risk Estimator

    About the Public Charge Risk Estimator

    This tool simulates the U.S. government’s public charge test to help green card applicants estimate their risk of denial under the Trump-era rules that first took effect on Feb. 24, 2020.

  • How does it work?

    How does it work?

    You answer simple questions, and the Risk Estimator gauges your risk level based on your responses. It also highlights any vulnerable areas in your results.