Resources for Immigrants and Refugees

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This page provides important resources for immigrants and refugees. This list is updated regularly.
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Information for Undocumented Immigrants

Public Charge Change It is important to know that the Public Charge rule is no longer in effect. The public charge rule was an 'inadmissibility' test used by the federal government to decide if a person applying to visit or live in the United States would likely depend on one or more public benefits (including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Section 8 housing and more) for more than 12 months, in total, within any 36-month period. 'Public Charges' are defined by the U.S. government as people who depend on government benefits.

In the past, if the government believed that an immigrant would become a 'public charge', they would not allow that person visit or live in the United States. On February 2, 2021, President Biden signed the executive order "Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans". This executive order directs the U.S. secretary of State, the attorney general, the secretary of Homeland Security, and the heads of other relevant federal agencies to review all agency actions related to implementation of the public charge ground of inadmissibility and deportability. 

Low Cost Health Services

  • Rosewood Family Health Center is non-profit family practice that operates on a sliding scale for residents who cannot obtain the Oregon Health Plan because of immigration status. The Health center has bilingual Russian and Spanish speaking staff. 
  • Multnomah County Primary Care provides low-cost family health care at seven locations. They provide care to all Multnomah County residents, including those who are low-income and uninsured.

Immigrant and Refugee Legal Services

Portland Community College's Clear Clinic has created a Google Sheet that lists both private and public legal resources. The list contains contact information for each resource is provided as well as their websites.