New Public Charge Definition

Aliens who seek adjustment of status or a visa, or who are applicants for admission, must establish that they are not likely at any time to become a public charge. For a long time, the “public charge” has not been clearly defined in the USCIS regulations.

DHS proposes to define public benefit to include a specific list of cash aid and noncash medical care, housing, and food benefit programs.

If you are planning to file for an immigrant visa, seeking an adjustment of status or an adjustment of status petition (I-485) is pending, and you received an assistance (cash or non-cash – public programs), we strongly recommend that you seek an advice from an immigration attorney.

We will be glad to help with all your questions.