Andrea I. Scheer, an immigration attorney with the law firm Pollack, Pollack, Isaac & DeCicco, LLP, discusses part 1 of the new public charge rule that went into effect on February 24, 2020; and who it affects in today’s edition of LIVE with PPID. In next week’s edition, Ms. Scheer will discuss Form I-944, the declaration of self-sufficiency, which must now be submitted to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in part 2.
The new rule went into effect on February 24, 2020. Public charge considerations have always been part of the immigration system. However, prior to February 24, there was a more lenient rule in place. The new rule makes it much more difficult to immigrate to the United States.
There are four major changes to public charge considerations.
There are many exceptions to the rule. It does not impact refugees or asylum seekers, as well as trafficking victims, victims of crime or victims of domestic violence amongst others.
The rule only applies to you when you apply to become a permanent resident or you apply to change or extend status within the United States. If you are applying for a green card, then yes, you are subject to the public charge rule, unless you fall under an exception.
There is a lot of information out there and sometimes it can be very misleading, so please speak to an experienced immigration attorney before you decide to terminate, start, or continue using public benefits.
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