In 2019, the federal government announced a rule change called “public charge” that could affect certain immigrants, including some who use public benefits. 

As of January 27, 2020, the federal government was permitted to have the "public charge" rule go into effect, for now. 

For questions and concerns about public benefits and immigration, call ActionNYC to get free, confidential, legal help.


Learn about public charge and where to get help.

By Phone

  • Agency: Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
  • Division: ActionNYC Hotline
  • Phone Number: (800) 354-0365
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 6 PM
  • You'll hear an automated message that will ask for your language. During business hours, you'll then be connected to an agent.

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