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1 Month Until Final Public Charge Rules Take Effect

In just a little over a month, on October 15, 2019, the “Public Charge” rules will take effect, and will fundamentally change how USCIS makes public charge determinations for those applying for greencards. The rule will significantly raise the standard for how greencard applicants are judged in their ability to remain “self-sufficient.” It is difficult to exactly predict how the rule will be applied and what sort of immediate effects will be felt, but it is a certainty that this will have drastic consequences across the immigration spectrum, and likely none of them good.


Immigration practitioners across the country are waiting with baited breath. But in the meantime, we strongly urge anyone and everyone who is able and is considering filing for a greencard, to do so before the rules take effect. For those seeking to beat the deadline, or who know someone who might, our office stands ready to assist you; please do not hesitate to contact us.


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