Immigration Resources

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Immigration

Hospitals and healthcare spaces are safe to visit. Federal guidelines do not allow immigration agents to arrest or take other enforcement actions at health care facilities, such as hospitals, doctors' offices and health clinics. Get the care you need.

  • Community Resources: Go to CHA Connect to find many resources like housing, food and more.
  • Healthcare Coverage: Call CHA Financial Assistance at 617-665-1100, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m - 4:00 p.m. or call Health Care for All at 800-272-4232.
  • Housing: Contact City Life/Vida Urbana for housing support, especially if you have concerns about being evicted.
  • Employment: Visit Massachusetts Jobs with Justice for emergency relief information and other support services regarding employment.
  • General Information and Resources: Visit MIRA's COVID-19: Protecting Our Families and Communities.
  • Financial Relief:
  • Public Charge: On March 13, USCIS announced that testing, prevention or treatment for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) will NOT be considered in immigration public charge determinations. This means that anyone, including immigrants and their families, with symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is encouraged to seek necessary medical treatment. If symptoms are severe -- difficulty breathing and/or dehydration -- please call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest Emergency Department.

Public Charge News as of March 9, 2021

  1. On March 9, the Biden Administration chose to stop defending lawsuits regarding the Trump-era Public Charge regulations. This means that the public charge policy outlined in the 1999 Field Guide is restored and in effect. Find out more here.
  2. Your health is important to us. We are here as a resource. Please email us to get information.

Public Charge Resources

CHA Immigration Exams

Legal Resources

Overview of Basic Rights (Translations available at these websites)

Legal Services

Immigration Legal Clinics

Social Services


English Language and Literacy Classes

Citizenship, General Information

Health Insurance/Access

Standard or REAL ID

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