Last Update: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 1:15 pm

Public Charge and COVID-19 Medical Care

DO NOT AVOID GETTING MEDICAL CARE RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19, EVEN IF YOU OR LOVED ONES ARE UNDOCUMENTED! Please get the help you need! Then call us if you have any questions or concerns about how it might affect you in the future.

USCIS encourages all those, including undocumented immigrants, with symptoms that resemble Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) (fever, cough, shortness of breath) to seek necessary medical treatment or preventive services. Such treatment or preventive services will not negatively affect any alien as part of a future Public Charge analysis.

If the alien is prevented from working or attending school, and must rely on public benefits for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak and recovery phase, the alien can provide an explanation and relevant supporting documentation. To the extent relevant and credible, USCIS will take all such evidence into consideration in the totality of the alien’s circumstances.


Agency Operations

  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has temporarily adjusted its enforcement and removal operations to focus on public safety risks and individuals subject to mandatory detention based on criminal grounds. ICE will not carry out enforcement operations at or near health care facilities, such as hospitals, doctors’ offices, accredited health clinics, and emergent or urgent care facilities, except in the most extraordinary of circumstances. Individuals should not avoid seeking medical care because they fear civil immigration enforcement.
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has suspended all routine in-person services through at least May 3rd.
  • The U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico has suspended routine visa services until further notice.
  • The U.S. Department of State advises everyone to avoid all international travel.

If you have any questions about how the COVID-19 pandemic affects the legal situation regarding your immigration, please email us at