There are quite a few restrictions on immigration in the United States. Individuals who want to enter the country have to pass background checks and medical tests. They also need to have enough resources to support themselves.
Unfortunately, some people enter the U.S. only to fall upon hard times. If immigrants require certain forms of public assistance, their immigration status could be in danger. The public charge rule has affected the immigration rights of those who receive state aid like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid or even public housing benefits in recent years.
Do you still have to worry about the public charge rule affecting your immigration status?
The public charge rule is no longer a focal point in immigration proceedings
Under the previous administration, individuals with limited financial resources have found themselves at the center of immigration debates. Many hard-working immigrants trying to support themselves and their families have had their lives turned upside down all because they lost their jobs or temporarily needed state aid.
As of March of this year, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will no longer strictly apply the public charge rule for all pending immigration applications and cases. Those who need Medicaid, SNAP or assistance with housing can receive those crucial benefits and still potentially stay in the U.S.
Those with cases pending review regarding the public charge rule may no longer need to submit evidence either. They don’t necessarily have to worry about removal from the country and could still eventually become permanent residents or even citizens.
The better you understand your immigration rights, the easier it is to advocate for yourself and the rights you have as an immigrant.