Government Agency Actions - USCIS, ICE, etc. Green Cards

Public Charge Rule is Back !

The USCIS has won a victory in Federal Court that allows them to once again require public charge proof in certain immigration filings including the I-129 H and L and the I-485. With many priority dates expected to become current in October, the additional paperwork will be mandated with all filings.

Government Agency Actions - USCIS, ICE, etc. Green Cards US Immigration Policy Visas - H-1b, L-1, E, O, TN

Trump’s New Public Charge Rules Suspended

The USCIS has accepted the ruling from a U.S. Federal Court and has suspended the application of the new Public Charge rule issued in Jan of 2020. The public charge rules based upon prior statute and regulation remain in effect. As a practical matter, this means that certain questions on the I-129 and I-539 will no longer be relevant and need not be answered. It also means that the I-944 need not be included with the I-485. The USCIS has specifically stated the following about forms received: “In the interim, USCIS will not reject any Form I-485 on the basis of the inclusion or exclusion of Form I-944, nor Forms I-129 and I-539 based on whether Part 6, or Part 5, respectively, has been completed or left blank.”