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Public Charge Rule Update January 28, 2020

The Supreme Court of the United States of America on January 27, 2020, by 5-4 vote allowed the Government to begin implementing Public Charge Rule. The rule will effectively allow the Government to deny residency or admission to the low-income immigrants, based on the use of the public assistance program or the possibility of the use of the public assistance program in the future. The rule will significantly reduce the number of green cards issued every year. The immigration officers will be required to follow a test (wealth test) to determine the dependency on public assistance. Essentially, the new rule grants broad discretion to the officers adjudicating green card applications. Some of the Supreme Court Justices even went a step ahead, wherein, they objected to the practice of the lower courts with limited jurisdictions exceeding the authority granted and stopping the implementation of a governmental policy nationwide. According to some estimates, more than 90% of the green card applications will be subjected to the new review, and hundreds of thousands of green card applications may be denied each year. Public Charge Rule is one of the most significant changes in the Immigration System in recent times and will have a long-lasting impact on the United States Economy as well. Please refer to our previous articles on Public Charge Rule, wherein; we have discussed the Public Charge Rule in detail.


We will regularly update the blog as soon as any new information is available on the Public Charge Rule.


Previous Articles on the Public Charge Rule:

  1. http://www.ahluwalialaw.com/public-charge-rule-update-october-14-2019/ (Date of Publication: October 14, 2019)
  2. http://www.ahluwalialaw.com/public-charge-rule-update/ (Date of Publication: October 09, 2019)
  3. http://www.ahluwalialaw.com/uscis-publishes-final-rule-on-inadmissibility-on-public-charge-ground/(Date of Publication: September 13, 2019)
  4. http://www.ahluwalialaw.com/deportable-offenses/(Date of Publication: August 02, 2017)


This Article aims to provide new information concerning the Public Charge Rule. This Article, under no circumstances, acts as legal advice; therefore, for any further case-specific question, please contact your Attorney or the Ahluwalia Law Offices, P.C. (Team ALO).

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