In this video attorney Jacob Sapochnick discusses some new developments regarding the government’s planned implementation of a final rule that would have made certain individuals inadmissible to the United States on public charge grounds.
On October 11, 2019, judges in three separate cases before U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of New York (PDF), Northern District of California (PDF), and Eastern District of Washington (PDF) granted court orders to stop the government from implementing and enforcing the terms of the public charge rule proposed by the Trump administration. As a result, the final rule has been postponed pending litigation until the courts have made a decision on the legality of the rule on the merits. These court orders have been placed nationwide and prevent USCIS from implementing the rule anywhere in the United States.
What would the public charge rule have done?
The public charge rule was set to be enforced on October 15, 2019. The rule would have expanded the list of public benefits that make a foreign national ineligible to obtain permanent residence and/or an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa to enter the United States.
A person would have been considered a “public charge” under the rule, if they received one or more designated public benefits for more than 12 months in the aggregate, within any 36-month period.
The rule prohibited the use of the following forms of government assistance and rendered an alien ineligible to receive a visa and/or permanent residence:
- Cash benefits for income maintenance
- SNAP (food stamps)
- Section 8 Housing Assistance under the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program
- Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance, and
- certain other forms of subsidized housing.
In addition, the following benefits were prohibited by the agency prior to implementation of the rule:
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Beginning October 15, 2019, applicants filing for adjustment of status would have been required to complete Form I-944, Declaration of Self-Sufficiency, to demonstrate that he or she is not inadmissible based on a public charge ground. This Form will no longer be required until the courts issue a final ruling.
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