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USCIS issues Coronavirus (COVID-19) response for those seeking treatment

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that seeking treatment or preventive services to prevent further spread of the coronavirus won’t affect someone’s immigration status under the “public charge” rule (I-944), which took effect last month. (

Receiving treatment will not disqualify immigrants from obtaining green cards who seek testing or care for the new coronavirus.

Immigrants who can’t work or attend school and must use public benefits during the virus outbreak and recovery will be given a chance to explain and provide documentation later.

The USCIS has posted on their website how they are responding to the coronavirus, including the announcement above. To learn more coronavirus response efforts, please visit:

The Department of Homeland Security has also provided information for travelers on their website at:

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