The federal administration’s new "public charge" rule took effect on February 24, 2020. This rule changes how wealth, health, workforce skills, and the use of certain public benefits may affect some immigration applications.
Few people who are subject to the public charge test qualify for public programs covered by the regulation. However, the regulation’s expanded criteria, including income, English proficiency, work history and skills, age, credit score, and disability, are already spreading fear among immigrant communities and turning many people away from critical services, threatening the health, nutrition, and housing of millions of families, a significant portion of whom call Florida home.
FHJP led advocacy efforts in Florida to oppose the rule, and is now working with national, state, and local partners to educate the public about the rule. If you are interested in hosting a training for your staff or constituents, please contact us.