Positive and Negative Public Charge Factors

Last Updated

May 28, 2020

This chart summarizes the positive and negative factors that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Department of State will consider in assessing whether an individual is inadmissible as likely to become a public charge. Heavily weighted factors are in bold. The USCIS factors can be found in Volume 8, Part G of the USCIS Policy Manual. The DOS factors can be found in the Foreign Affairs Manual at 9 FAM 302.8.