Important Notice for Immigrants

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Important Notice for Immigrants

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Recently, many Los Angeles County residents have voiced concerns regarding proposed changes to existing immigration policies and the potential impact to benefits administered by the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS).  Because Federal and State laws regarding public assistance programs have not changed, DPSS remains committed to providing Los Angeles County residents with effective and caring service, regardless of their immigration status. 

Should you have questions about your right to receive DPSS benefits and the potential impact to your current or future immigration status, you should seek the advice of a reputable legal advisor

Please click here for a list of agencies in Los Angeles County that may be able to help complete your immigration forms and assist with immigration questions.


United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) guidelines permit immigrants and their children to use certain non-cash benefits and special purpose cash benefits without affecting their immigration status including, but not limited to: 

  • Medi-Cal*
  • CalFresh
  • Emergency Medical
  • WIC (Women, Infants,
    and Children)
  • Job Training
  • Testing & Treatment
    of Communicable Diseases
  • One-time emergency
    payments under CalWORKs
  • Prenatal Care
  • Immunizations
  • County Health Programs
  • Foster Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Non-Cash benefits funded under CalWORKs
  • Emergency Disaster Relief
  • Transportation Vouchers
  • Child Care Services
  • Nutrition Programs
  • Housing Assistance
  • Energy Assistance
  • Educational Assistance

* Unless you use these services to pay for long term care (i.e., long-term nursing home care).

Some of the above programs may provide cash benefits. The purpose of such benefits is not for income maintenance but rather to avoid the need for on going cash assistance for income maintenance; therefore, they are not subject to public charge considerations.

Use of these benefits will not be considered a Public Charge by USCIS

  • ✔USCIS will not deny your legal admission to the U.S.
  • ✔ USCIS will not deny your application for legal permanent residency.

    ✔ USCIS will not ask you to repay public benefits you received.


Click on the links below for more information on USCIS Guidelines:

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For more Information, please click here for a list of agencies in Los Angeles County that may be able to help complete your immigration forms and assist with immigration questions or visit the USCIS website for more information.


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You can also visit the Office of Immigrant Affairs website for additional and relevant immigration-related information.



Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

What Is DACA?

On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action of an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status to an individual. For more information regarding DACA, please click the following link:


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