Updated October 25, 2022
On September 9, 2022, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule on 'public charge', providing clarity for noncitizens on how DHS will administer the public charge ground of inadmissibility.
The rule will restore the historical understanding of the public charge ground of inadmissibility: the reasons a person could be denied a green card, visa, or admission into the United States because they are found likely to become a public charge.
The final rule will be effective on December 23, 2022. It will apply to applications submitted on or after this date. Until the effective date of the final rule, current policies are still in place.
For more information, visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) webpage and resource page on public charge.
New Yorkers with questions about public charge can call the City's Immigration Legal Services hotline. Call 800-354-0365, Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm, and say "public charge" to access trusted information and connect to free and safe immigration legal help.
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