Receiving government health or nutrition benefits in NC should not prevent you from getting a green card, even with recent proposed changes.

The public charge rule has been blocked in court nationwide as of October 11, 2019.

The rule will not go into effect on October 15, 2019.
The rule will be on hold until the courts decide whether it can go into effect or not.

La norma de carga pública ha sido bloqueada en la corte para todo el país a partir del 11 de octubre de 2019.

La regla no entrará en vigencia el 15 de octubre, 2019.
La regla estará en espera hasta que los tribunales decidan si puede entrar en vigencia o no.

Even under the proposed changes to the “public charge” rule, immigration officials will consider many factors, some positive and some negative, including the use of certain public benefits, when they consider a person’s application for a green card (permanent residence).

The most important thing to remember is that no one else’s benefits are counted against you, only benefits used directly by the person applying for a green card. If your children or family members use benefits for which they are eligible, they can continue using them without any effect on your immigration application.

Everyone has a right to an interpreter when applying for health insurance or seeking health care, at no cost.

Regardless of your immigration status, you have a right to an interpreter at no cost, whether you are applying for Medicaid, CHIP, or a Marketplace insurance plan, or are seeking care at a hospital or community health center. This is also true when applying for SNAP or WIC benefits. Children should not be asked to translate for their parents or other adults.