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Public Charge

UPDATE, January 24 2023: In early January, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an attempt to revive the Trump public charge rule, which tried to prevent immigrant families from accessing public benefits.


The new Biden Administration public charge rule that took effect on December 23, 2022 allows immigrants to seek public benefits for which they and their families qualify for without fear of being barred from adjusting their immigration status in the future.

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For the latest resources and fact sheets visit

If you wish to talk to someone live about the public charge update, apply for public benefits or ask questions, please call the IFRP HOTLINE 1-855-437-7669 or visit the Public Charge Informational Centers list here.

WATCH THE VIDEO for more information about public charge, featuring our partners Enlace Chicago, Mujeres Latinas en Acción, Shriver Center on Poverty Law, and the Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project. **This video is bilingual in English and Spanish. Este video es bilingüe en inglés e español.**


With the support of the Illinois Department of Human Services, we have a network of over 40 organizations throughout the state of Illinois available to answer your questions about Public Charge and public benefits. The following map lists all the organizations who are Immigrant Family Resource Program Partners and/or Welcoming Centers. For a list of those organizations please click HERE.

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