Lawfully present immigrants generally include:
- Lawful permanent residents (or “green card holders”);
- Persons fleeing persecution, including refugees and asylees;
- Other humanitarian immigrants, including those granted temporary protected status;
- Cuban/Haitian entrants; and
- Survivors of domestic violence, trafficking, and other serious crimes.
Note that beginning February 24, 2020, the current policy that determines whether certain immigrants would be considered a “public charge" expanded. Impact of the public charge rule will depend upon your personal circumstances. Please see a qualified immigration lawyer or use the Keep Your Benefits Guide (available in English, Spanish, and Chinese) to check if you may be subject to a public charge determination. The Guide is free and does not ask for any personal information. If you need immigration assistance, please call the Office for New Americans at 1-800-566-7636 to be connected to free or low-cost legal representation/counseling services.