The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced last month that seeking treatment for COVID-19-related health issues would not affect any undocumented individuals as part of a future public charge determination, according to a news release.
“The Public Charge rule does not restrict access to testing, screening, or treatment of communicable diseases, including COVID-19,” USCIS said in a statement. “In addition, the rule does not restrict access to vaccines for children or adults to prevent vaccine-preventable diseases.”
There might be an exception with regard to receipt of certain cash and non-cash public benefits.
“The rule requires USCIS to consider the receipt of certain cash and non-cash public benefits, including those that may be used to obtain testing or treatment for COVID-19 in a public charge inadmissibility determination, and for purposes of a public benefit condition applicable to certain non-immigrants seeking an extension of stay or change of status.”