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In August, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a rule requiring inquiry into whether immigrants in certain nonimmigrant classifications may have received public benefits that would render them inadmissible to the United States on “public charge” grounds.  Because existing USCIS forms do not ask applicants about prior receipt […]

In August, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule on the public charge ground of inadmissibility.  The final rule becomes effective October 15, 2019 and impacts nonimmigrants and intending immigrants. Because existing USCIS forms do not ask applicants about prior receipt of public benefits, USCIS will […]