On August 12, 2019 the Trump administration announced a new rule that will make it harder for foreign nationals who wish to immigrate legally to the United States and use public benefits.
The new rule is adding stricter requirements to the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds. This rule will go into effect on October 15, 2019. The requirements will not affect higher-income immigrants while lower-income immigrants will have a harder time obtaining a green card, because they could be found inadmissible on public charge grounds.
With this new rule, the importance of an immigrant's English-speaking ability, their educational background, and their finances will be increased. The new rule is expanding the definition set by the government of what it means to be a “public charge” on society.
An official from USCIS has stated that the new rule will generally have no effect on those foreign nationals who have already obtained their green card and who are currently seeking citizenship. USCIS has also stated that past use of public benefits will not lead you to be ineligible, the rule will affect only those who are using those benefits when the rule goes into effect on October 15, 2019. This new policy will not affect refugees or any foreign nationals seeking asylum.
The Department of Homeland Security has stated that this rule will clarify and provide a clear rule set from which to determine whether or not an incoming legal immigrant would become a public charge.
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