On January 27, 2020, The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision allowing the “public charge” determination regulations that were previously placed on hold to go into effect on February 24, 2020.
These complex regulations detail how the federal government will determine if someone is likely to become a “public charge” and is thus ineligible for U.S. permanent residency or to change and/or extend their temporary visa status in the U.S.
The new “public charge” rules:
- Mostly impact individuals applying for U.S. permanent residency (“green card” status) but
- Also impacts nonimmigrants (i.e. individuals on temporary visas such as F-1, H-1B, J-1, etc.) applying to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for a change or extension of immigration status
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