Hope Nakamura is the Directing Attorney at The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County.
Some people are worried that public benefits will hurt their application for U.S. citizenship. They have heard about changes to the "public charge rule." But the public charge rule focuses on a person applying for a Green card through a family petition.
The public charge rule does not affect:
If you have a Green card, it is generally safe to get the public benefits you qualify for. But if you receive public benefits, do not take a trip outside the U.S. for longer than six months. (Trips outside the U.S. for more than six months can make you lose your permanent residency too).
For more information about public benefits, public charge, and immigrants, go to: https://protectingimmigrantfamilies.org/know-your-rights/.
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