PLEASE NOTE: As of July 29, 2020, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has enjoined the implementation, application, and enforcement of the public charge rule nationwide.
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Changing criteria for grounds of inadmissibility
On February 24, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security’s new public charge rule went into effect. U.S. federal law already required individuals seeking permanent residency or legal status to prove they won’t be a burden, i.e., be “primarily dependent on the government for subsistence.” However, the revised rules expand the criteria for a public charge and implement new consequences for receipt of certain social services.
The shift in policy is causing a lot of confusion and fear, prompting even citizens and legal residents to drop public benefits.1 Immigration & Public Charge: The New Rule will provide an in-depth overview of the new rule, particularly how it’s affecting low-income individuals and their families.
Understanding the new standard
In this half-day program, both immigration and non-immigration attorneys will benefit from discussions that clarify:
- What is a “public charge”?
- Whom does the new rule affect?
- What benefits will and will not impact clients trying to adjust their status?
You’ll also review your ethical obligations for advising immigrant clients and mixed-status families. Understand how the shifting criteria for a public charge determination affects immigrants seeking permanent resident status with Immigration & Public Charge: The New Rule.
1Crackdown on Immigrants Who Use Public Benefits Takes Effect