FAQ on Public Charge for Intending Immigrants

Last Updated

March 8, 2019

Both the Department of State (DOS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) took major steps in 2018 to alter the assessment of the public charge ground of inadmissibility.  This FAQ addresses common issues of concern for intending immigrants regarding recent changes to the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) and proposed changes to the public charge regulations.