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If you’re an immigrant living in California, here is what you need to know to protect yourself, your family, and your community from coronavirus. Services and public benefits are available to you, some regardless of immigration status. And special assistance for immigrant Californians who don’t qualify for other programs can be applied for starting May 18.

Testing and treatment

Don’t let fear stop you from getting necessary treatment, as the effects of avoiding health care services may be very serious. This will help keep you, your family, and your community healthy.

If you’re undocumented or don’t have insurance, you can still get COVID-19 testing and treatment through Medi-Cal. This care does not count under the public charge rule because it is treatment for an emergency medical condition.

Find out more about how to get testing and treatment.

Guide for Immigrant Californians

The Guide for Immigrant Californians (PDF) will help you stay safe and informed. 

 The guide includes:

  • Stay-at-home order considerations
  • Ways to protect yourself and others 
  • Immigration help
  • Public charge information for accessing public benefits
  • Testing and treatment
  • Information on jobs, wages, and benefits 
  • Small business support
  • Housing 
  • Food and bills 
  • Community safety
  • Protection against scams and bad information 

Learn more in the Guide for Immigrant Californians (PDF).

Immigrant guide in: Spanish, Chinese traditional, Chinese simplified, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants

On April 15, Governor Newsom announced one-time disaster relief assistance for undocumented Californians impacted by COVID-19, who are ineligible for most other forms of pandemic assistance, including direct assistance under the CARES Act and unemployment insurance.

Eligible Californians may receive one-time COVID-19 disaster relief assistance at a value of $500. A limit of two adults per household can receive this assistance (maximum assistance of $1,000 per household).

The CA Department of Social Services (CDSS) has selected 12 nonprofits to help individuals apply for and get this help in their region.

More information about the disaster relief assistance can be found on the Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants Program Information page.

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