On August 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland security published a final rule related to public charge which will take effect October 15, 2019. Public charge and this new rule do not apply in the naturalization process. Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/ Food Stamps), Section 8 housing assistance and federally subsidized housing will be used as evidence that a green card or visa applicant is inadmissible under the public charge ground. Benefits received by family members of the immigrant will still not be considered in the public charge determination. The rule allows immigration officers to consider English abilities, medical conditions, availability of private health insurance and past use of immigration fee waivers. This new rule will mainly impact those seeking permanent resident status through family member petitions.