USCIS announced that it will implement the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule on Feb. 24, 2020, except in Illinois, where the rule remains enjoined by a federal court as of Jan. 30, 2020. The final rule will apply only to applications postmarked (or submitted electronically) on or after Feb.24, 2020. When determining whether an individual is likely to become a public charge at any time in the future, DHS will not consider application for, certification or approval to receive, or receipt of certain non-cash public benefits before Feb. 24, 2020. Similarly, when determining whether the public benefits condition applies to applications for extension of stay or change of status, USCIS will only consider public benefits received on or after Feb. 24, 2020.
BIO has prepared a summary of the Public Charge rules to provide you with important information regarding these impending changes. Please visit the BIO Public Charge webpage for information.