COVID-19 and immigration

Reviewed April 1, 2020

You have a right to health care regardless of your immigration status.

Do not be afraid to seek medical care.

Go to your community health center if you are sick, injured, or receiving routine care. Call your doctor if you are coughing, feverish, feeling tired, or lacking sense of smell; or suspect that you have been exposed to the virus.

You have the right to safely get tested and seek care.

Federal and state privacy laws require health care providers to keep patients’ personal information confidential (including immigration status).

There are government resources available to you.

MassHealth Limited can pay for testing and treatment for immigrants not eligible for other government programs. MassHealth Limited will NOT be considered for Public Charge decisions, meaning it will not affect access to a Green Card. See MassHealth and Health Insurance.

Assitance from Non-Profit Organizations

MassUndocuFund, mutual aid organizations, and worker organizations are providing small cash grants for undocumented people and others who might not be eligible for other assistance. Jobs with Justice has more information.  Apply for a grant from MassUndocuFund.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

The Executive Office for Immigration announced on Twitter - all non-detained aliens' master calendar hearings scheduled 03/16/2020 - 04/10/2020 are postponed. USCIS offices will begin to reopen on May 4 if the public closures are not extended further.

As of March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services suspended routine in-person services at field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs)to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

USCIS staff will continue to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public. However, USCIS will provide emergency services for limited situations. To schedule an emergency appointment contact the USCIS Contact Center.

USCIS field offices will write to applicants and petitioners with scheduled appointments and naturalization ceremonies impacted by the extended temporary closure.

USCIS asylum offices will send interview cancellation notices and automatically reschedule asylum interviews. When the interview is rescheduled, asylum applicants will receive a new interview notice with the new time, date and location of the interview.

When USCIS again resumes normal operations, USCIS will automatically reschedule ASC appointments that were canceled because of the COVID-19 crisis. You will get a new appointment letter in the mail.

If you had InfoPass or other appointments, you must reschedule through the USCIS Contact Center once field offices are open to the public again. Please check to see if the office in your jurisdiction has been reopened before reaching out to the USCIS Contact Center.

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