DHS published the final rule on public charge in the Federal Register on Aug. 14, 2019. It is scheduled to take effect 60 days after publication, or on Oct. 15, 2019. This rule establishes a new definition of “public charge” and new procedures by which adjudicators will determine if an applicant for an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa is likely to become a public charge. DHS indicates that it will apply this new rule only to applications and petitions postmarked or submitted electronically on or after the effective date. CLINIC has prepared a summary of the final public charge rule based on a preliminary review. CLINIC will issue a more in-depth analysis of the rule in the coming days.
Advocacy groups have announced plans to challenge many of the changes in federal court. CLINIC will monitor the status of any litigation and advise if litigation may delay implementation.
Inform CLINIC as to how the rule is affecting your program!
If you are a CLINIC affiliate, we need to hear from you about the impact or potential impact of the new public charge rule on your program, as well as any questions you may have about its contents and implementation. We may either answer your questions in a future FAQ or forward them to USCIS. Our survey is intended to collect information from affiliates who have already reviewed the final public charge rule and/or attended a training about the final rule.
Trainings and Webinars
Upcoming webinar: USCIS’ Final Rule on Public Charge: How Your Program Can Prepare
How is your program preparing for the surge of people wanting information or assistance with their immigration cases prior to October 15th? How will you assist your primarily low-income clients in determining whether the Public Charge rule applies to their cases after October 15th? Join us for a question and answer style discussion, including case hypotheticals, to help you figure out what cases will need extra attention and ideas for how to prepare your program now.
Recorded webinar: USCIS’ Final Rule on Public Charge: What We Know Now
On August 12, 2019, USCIS announced its final rule defining the public charge ground of inadmissibility. In this webinar, CLINIC presenters reviewed the final rule, its impact on immigrant families and immigration legal service providers, and took questions.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its much-anticipated version of its final changes to the public charge ground of inadmissibility. The agency has targeted an implementation date of October 15, 2019 when the new regulations will take effect. The following summary is based on language in a pre-publication version that was made available to the public. DHS has published the final rule on public charge in the Federal Register on Aug. 14, 2019.