U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State (DOS) implemented a new rule, effective February 24, 2020, to decide who will be considered a “Public Charge” (someone that is likely to need financial assistance from the government).
If you or your employee are seeking to remain or come to the United States either temporarily or permanently and are not in one of the exempt categories below, the rule will apply to you if you file on or after February 24, 2020. You will need to provide additional information and documents to USCIS or DOS as part of your application. This includes information about your health, family, education, income, assets, liabilities, receipt of any public benefits, and an Affidavit of Support from a financial sponsor. If you are found to be inadmissible as a Public Charge, you may be able to pay a bond and still adjust, change or extend your status.
NOTE: not everyone is subject to the public charge rule. The most common exceptions are the following:
Any benefits not on the above list are NOT considered as public benefits under the public charge rule, such as: