COVID-19 Information for Undocumented Immigrants
Nevada’s immigrant community should be aware of recent changes to the operations of the United States’ immigration system as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. All immigrants, regardless of immigration status, are encouraged to seek medical attention if they experience symptoms of COVID-19.
COVID-19 FAQs for Immigrant Communities
Treatment and preventive services related to COVID-19 will not negatively affect any immigrant as part of a future public charge analysis. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has stated that it will not consider testing, treatment, or preventative care (including vaccines, if a vaccine becomes available) related to COVID-19 as part of a public charge analysis, even if such treatment is provided or paid for by one or more public benefit programs. If you are prevented from working or attending school and must rely on public benefits for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak and recovery phase, you can provide an explanation and relevant supporting documentation in your application for adjustment of status. USCIS will take all such evidence into consideration in the totality of your circumstances.
There is no law that prohibits hospitals from treating undocumented patients. Moreover, federal law requires hospitals to screen and treat patients who seek emergency care until they are stable. Non-profit hospitals are required to provide at least some level of charity care – or financial assistance – to low-income and uninsured residents who meet the hospital’s eligibility rules. This assistance varies from hospital to hospital.
Undocumented immigrants can seek primary care at community health centers across the state that offer low-cost services for low-income patients. Visit the Nevada Health Center’s website to find a community health center near you.