The Biden Administration Eliminates Strict New Public Charge Requirements
We’re throwing a big celebration at STERN Law because we received some amazing news: The Biden administration will not continue to appeal the Trump administration’s strict new public charge rules at the Supreme Court level. Instead, Biden’s team accepted the lower court’s ruling that the intense financial scrutiny within those rules was illegal.
What does this mean for you? Well, it means that the increased public charge requirements for immigrants seeking residency in the U.S. are officially gone, and you have a clearer path forward to residency! This is exciting news if you have a pending application with the United State Citizenship and Immigration Services agency (USCIS) or if you’re considering applying for residency for the first time.
Under the Trump administration, there were invasive and challenging financial requirements for immigrants who wanted to become U.S. residents. USCIS put applicants’ finances under a microscope, essentially challenging them to prove that they were “worthy” of becoming residents. We were still able to help our clients gain residency, but it was a difficult process with many hoops to jump through, including filling out an extra 20-page Form I-944.
Those new public charge rules made it harder for young people without much work experience or seniors without significant income streams to gain residency. Now, that burden has been lifted! We’re back to the old, tried-and-true, less invasive set of rules. Applicants will still have to prove financial security and have a sponsor, but it will be a much easier process.
If you haven’t filed for residency because you were worried about whether you would pass the strict financial screening of the new public charge rules, now is the time to move forward! Our team is here to help. We can examine any charges or arrests on your record and make sure you’re legally eligible for residency. You can reach us by phone at 404-476-5820.