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Post-election Updates & Information

*Public Charge Update as of 8/23/19

On August 14, 2019, the Trump administration published their final public charge rule, which if implemented may affect individuals seeking permanent resident status in the United States. Immigration officials uses the “public charge test” to decide whether a person can enter the U.S. or get a green card (Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status). The officials look at all of a person’s circumstances, including income, employment, health, education, skills as well as English proficiency, and family situation. Officials can also look at whether a person has used specific public benefits.

Under the new public charge test, immigration officials will look more closely at these circumstances to see if a person would be considered a “public charge”. The new public charge rule goes into effect on October 15, 2019. It is effective 60 days from the date the final rule was published to the Federal Register (August 14, 2019). Programs considered as part of the new public charge test are:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, “EBT” or “Food Stamps”)
  • Federal Public Housing and Section 8 assistance 
  • Medicaid (except for emergency services, children under 21 years, pregnant women, and new mothers) 
  • Cash assistance programs (like SSI, TANF, General Assistance)

Services that are not listed above will not be counted in the new public charge test. WIC, CHIP, school lunches, food banks, shelters, disaster relief, emergency medical assistance and any other benefit not specifically listed in the proposed rule are safe to use if you are eligible.

Remember, 

  • Use of public benefits alone will not make you a public charge. We encourage you to learn more about your situation before making decisions that may harm you or your family. 
  • Every situation is different. Please consult with an immigration attorney if you have questions about your own case. Immigration Law Help has a list of local low-cost immigration clinics and lawyers that you can search by zip code. Click here for a list of local clinics.

For more information on public charge and which programs may be affected, please refer to the following resources from the Alameda County Social Services Agency:

Public Charge Frequently Asked Questions

Alameda County Social Services Understanding Public Charge Chart

Alameda County Social Services Chart Immigration and Public Benefits Chart

 

*DACA Update as of 1/18/18

On September 5, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, on behalf of the entire Trump Administration, announced an end to the DACA program. However, As of January 13th, 2018, USCIS announced it will again accept DACA renewal applications as a result of a recent order issued by a U.S. District Court. Here are the most important points about this update:

  1. DACA is valid until its expiration date.  DACA and work permits (Employment Authorization Documents) will remain valid until its expiration date. To determine when your DACA and work permit expires, look at your I-795 Approval Notice and the bottom of your Employment Authorization Document (EAD).
  2. Initial DACA Applications. People who have never had DACA are not able to submit a DACA application. Only those who have had DACA at some point may submit a renewal application.
  3. DACA Renewal Applications. People who have had DACA in the past may submit a DACA renewal application. There are two different processes depending on when your DACA expired:
    • People whose DACA expired on or after September 5, 2016 can submit a DACA renewal application. Speak with a legal services provider if your DACA is more than six months from expiring since it is unclear what USCIS will do with applications submitted extra early.
    • People whose DACA expired before September 5, 2016 will have to submit their application as if it were the first time. This will include providing evidence that you meet all the DACA eligibility criteria.
  4. Advance Parole.  No new applications for Advance Parole will be accepted.

If you qualify for DACA renewal or have questions about your DACA or legal status, we encourage you to consult with an immigration attorney as soon as possible:

For more information and updates regarding DACA, please visit The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC).

While the future of the DACA program is unknown, all CA laws, including AB540 and the CA Dream Act remain in place.

To read the Chabot College statement in support of Dreamer Students, clickhere.

For additional post-election updates, please check out the resources and links below:

Disclaimer

Please note, the information on this website is general in nature and serves as a guide. Information may be subject to change without notice.  Please consult the resources provided on this website for more information. Immigration laws are complex and subject to change. Please consult with an immigration attorney regarding questions pertaining to immigration and legal status.