By: Sharon Barney, Esq.
The Public Charge Rule is set to take effect on October 15, 2019. The proposed new rule will substantially change the definition of who may be likely to be a “public charge” if they seek admission to the United States. In accordance with the rule, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is requiring that new versions of certain forms, including Forms I-485, I-129, I-539, and I-864, be used starting on October 15. Several lawsuits are pending regarding the rule itself and its implementation on October 15.
USCIS is also requiring a new form, I-944, Declaration of Self-Sufficiency, to be included in all applications requiring Form I-864. This 18-page form is confusing and requires detailed information about a sponsor’s income and household members, as well as an applicant’s educational history and language skills.
In addition to the Public Charge Rule changes, on Friday, October 4, 2019, President Trump issued a Proclamation entitled “Presidential Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Will Financially Burden the United States Healthcare System.” The Proclamation indicates that all applicants for immigrant visas are required to show that they will be covered by approved health insurance within 30 days of entry to the United States or have the financial resources to pay for foreseeable medical costs. The Proclamation does not apply to nonimmigrant visa applicants, such as B-1 or H-1B visa holders, and does not apply to those who already have a green card or are physically within the United States applying for a green card. The Proclamation is set to take effect on November 3, 2019, but will likely be the subject of federal litigation.
If you have any questions regarding the new public charge rule, the healthcare proclamation, or immigration law updates, please contact Sharon Barney. Sharon is a Partner in Leech Tishman’s Immigration and Family Law Practice Groups. Sharon is based in the firm’s State College office. Sharon can be reached at 814.954.5904 or email@example.com.
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