New Public Charge Rules Went in Effect in February 2020As a matter of fact, the public charge rules have been in the laws for a long time; however only fewer than 1% of the applicants were disqualified on public charge grounds before. Therefore, the administration wanted to expand the rules and tighten up the requirements for potential applicants. The Supreme Court approved the administration's plan in January and the new Public Charge Rules went into effect in February 24th, 2020. Click here to learn more about the new Public Charge rules.
Now let's come back to the present time:
US District Judge Issued an Order to Stop Public Charges During COVID-19On Wednesday, July 29th, 2020, US District Judge George B. Daniels ordered Trump administration from rolling the rules out during the pandemic.
Why? Because the public charge rules are deterring many applicants, legal immigrants, from seeking for medical assistance very much needed during COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to threaten all Americans' lives and work. There's also some discussion about whether the rules make sense during other disaster events in the future such as tornado, plaques, floods, etc.
**USCIS Updated their messages to respond to this new order:
"As long as the July 29, 2020, SDNY injunction is in effect, USCIS will apply the 1999 public charge guidance that was in place before the Public Charge Rule was implemented on Feb. 24, 2020 to the adjudication of any application for adjustment of status on or after July 29, 2020. In addition, USCIS will adjudicate any application change of nonimmigrant status on or after July 29, 2020, we will not apply the public benefit condition."
I believe this is the right decision that will help our overall healthcare system, economy, as well as all immigrants' health.
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