California Immigrant Guide: COVID-19, for Immigrant Communities:
- Public health is focused on ensuring all individuals, regardless of their immigration status, are protected from the outbreak and receive appropriate testing and treatment.
- Individuals should follow the guidance of our public health professionals and seek testing and treatment when necessary.
- For families that are concerned about the “public charge” rule, immigration officials have confirmed that they will neither consider testing, treatment, nor preventative care related to COVID-19 as part of a public charge inadmissibility determination, even if provided or paid for by one or more public benefits considered under the rule including Medi-Cal.
- The rule also excludes consideration of public health assistance for immunizations and for testing and treatment of symptoms of communicable diseases, such as COVID-19, whether or not such symptoms are caused by a communicable disease.
- It’s critical that families seek testing and treatment as necessary to support the health and well-being of themselves and their loved ones.
- Please don’t forgo treatment out of fear, as the consequences may be very serious.
- If you have questions or concerns about the public charge rule, an immigration or public benefits attorney can give you advice based on your individual situation. For further information please see the below resources, including a list of non-profit legal services providers located across California: