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New Rule of Public Charge is now in effect

On August 12, 2020, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Federal Government can implement the new more restrictive Rule of Public Charge everywhere except for New York, Connecticut, and Vermont, where the Rule is being challenged in lawsuits. The Court ruling means that many immigrants applying for a Green Card must complete Form I-944.

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services has said that acceptance of some benefits in response to COVID-19 will not be held against immigrants.

The Rule of Public Charge does not apply to immigrants applying for citizenship. The attached overview from the Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition provides more details.

MIRA-Public-charge-1-pager-Jan2020update (PDF)