The federal government recently announced a rule change related to when certain immigrants might be considered a “public charge” under immigration law. Under this rule change, some immigrants may be prevented from obtaining legal permanent residence status (i.e., green card/permanent resident card) or a visa, if they receive certain public benefits or the federal government believes they are likely to depend on public benefits in the future.
The DOE is committed to keeping all students and families safe in our schools. Accessing school-based services—including educational services and supports, free breakfast or lunch, or school-based health clinics—does not put those seeking a green card/permanent legal resident card or a visa at risk of being considered a public charge. Receipt of Medicaid benefits by students under age 21 is also excluded from public charge consideration.
Please read this flyer (中文翻譯) from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) with more information about the broader impact of public charge to you and your family members. For additional guidance and information, see the Supporting Immigrant Families page and the Immigration
Letters InfoHub page.
We remain steadfast in our support of immigrant families across our City, and we thank you for your service in providing safe spaces for all of our children.
Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor of the Department of Education