Lexington, KY asked in Immigration Law for Kentucky

Q: Will the following issues affect my F2 to F1 status change?

I am on F2 and got admission in a US university for this fall 2020. I want to change my status from F2 to F1. Recently, the USCIS has added a new section in I-539 form on public benefits.

I used an emergency Medicaid for pregnancy in June 2018. My baby is receiving SNAP and Medicare insurance from June 2018 to FEB 2020. After reading a few articles what I understood that emergency Medicaid and benefits taken by my baby before October 2019 will not be counted as a public charge.

One more thing, the state agency certified that my baby is eligible to receive SNAP and medicare benefits because she is an American citizen by born. My husband (F1) and I (F2) are not receiving any benefits.

What would be the best way to answer those questions related to benefits? I am a little worried about how the above issues will affect my status change application.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Hector E. Quiroga
Hector E. Quiroga
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Las Vegas, NV

A: Benefits received by family members should not impact your public charge determination.

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