Public Charge

UPDATE: The Trump public charge rule is no longer in effect in Illinois and nationwide. On March 9th, 2021 the Department of Justice dropped its efforts to keep those regulations in place. This means that immigrant families can seek most public public benefits without fear of being barred from getting status in the future.


For the latest resources and fact sheets visit

If you wish to talk to someone live about the public charge update, apply for public benefits or ask questions, please call the IFRP HOTLINE 1-855-437-7669 or visit the Public Charge Informational Centers list here.

Other Important Information


With the support of the Illinois Department of Human Services, we have a network of over 40 organizations throughout the state of Illinois available to answer your questions about Public Charge and public benefits. The following map lists all the organizations who are Immigrant Family Resource Program Partners and/or Welcoming Centers. For a list of those organizations please click HERE.

ICIRR is dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society.
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