USCIS Returns to 1999 Public Charge Rules

by Eliza Grinberg on Mar. 31, 2021

Immigration Immigration  Deportation Immigration  Visa 

Summary: The DHS declined to defend the new public charge rule of the Trump Administration and withdrew a corresponding affidavit of support rule, gradually moving back to the 1999 public charge rule.

immigration attorney nycThe United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has moved away from the August 2019 public charge rule that had been crafted and published by the previous administration. On March 9, 2021, the Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro N. Mayorkas, stated [link] that the Government would no longer defend the public charge rule in court, thus allowing it to be blocked and reverting to the former public charge rules that had been in effect since 1999. On March 19, 2021, the Department withdrew an October 2020 proposed rule [link] changing the affidavit of support requirements to go along with the August 2019 public charge rule.

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