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    Default State Medical Card and Visa Eligibility

    Hi, I have a friend that frequently travels to the USA (CA) from Mexico on a B2 (tourist) VISA. They went to Planned Parenthood and received a State medical card and a free checkup and birth control. Will this card affect their ability to renew their B2 visa?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: State Medical Card

    Not in the slightest.

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    Default Re: State Medical Card

    Do you have any references? All I could find was this page: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/ty...2.html#medical But it doesn't explicitly mention state medical cards.

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    I spoke to two immigration lawyers. Both confirmed that a H2 visa holder CANNOT receive state benefits. LawResearcherMissy, your response above is incorrect.

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    Default Re: State Medical Card

    Your friend being in possession of a state medical card has nothing to do with her tourist visa. You are not asked if you have such a card when you apply for a visa.

    And that's the issue right there. The lawyers you spoke to are correct that tourists are not eligible for state benefits. That doesn't mean, however, that people who are not eligible never receive a card. Mistakes - and lies! - happen.

    That said, it is highly unlikely that your friend has a full-access Medi-Cal card.

    Given that she supposedly obtained this card through Planned Parenthood, it's more likely that what she has is called a Family PACT card, which is available to all women in California - regardless of immigration status - who are uninsured or underinsured, have income of less than 200% of Federal poverty guidelines, and are in need of reproductive health care. Immigration status is not considered at all when this card is issued - even tourists and undocumented workers can get it if they meet the financial requirements. It is a completely confidential program.

    You didn't ask if she was eligible to receive benefits, you asked if her having received the card will keep her from renewing her visa. It won't. If your friend needs information beyond this, she needs to register here and ask questions herself.

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