The 2019 Public Charge Rule has been Vacated and Removed
What this means for you: for clients who are currently working with us, we will not file the Form I-944 Declaration of Self-Sufficiency, as it is no longer required. We have removed the questions relating to the form I-944 from our processes.
For individuals who already filed their case with the I-944, do not worry, US Immigration will no longer use the form and supporting documents to adjudicate your case. Casseus Law continues to receive green card approvals in March for our clients without any issues.
On March 11, 2021, The US Department of Homeland Security formally removed from the Code of Federal Regulations the now-vacated 2019 rule on public charge inadmissibility. On March 9, 2021, a court order vacating the 2019 public charge rule went into effect, and DHS immediately stopped applying the rule.
DHS also submitted a notice to the Federal Register, withdrawing a proposed October 2, 2020 rule related to the affidavit of support. Under Section 213A of the INA, USCIS requires an affidavit of support for most family-sponsored immigrants and some employment-based immigrants. The individual who signs the affidavit agrees to financially support the named immigrant and becomes the sponsor once the intending immigrant becomes a lawful permanent resident. The affidavit of support proposed rule would have changed evidentiary requirements to impose new, costly burdens, estimated at $240 million annually, on those sponsoring lawful immigrants.