DHS proposes to deny immigrant visas and green cards if public assistance is used

- Sep/2018

On September 22, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed a rule that immigrants who are in the United States legally, as well as those wanting to come to the country, may be denied visas or green cards if they have ever used or are likely to receive public assistance. The new rule would also affect those looking for a change of status or extension of stay in the US.

An estimated 382,000 people could be affected by the new law annually. Immigrants dependent on certain social benefits such as health, housing and food may find it more difficult to obtain a green card. On the other hand, those who already own green cards should not be affected by the change.

Current US immigration laws limit those who are likely to be dependent on financial aid. The instant ruling, known as a “public charge,” is a way to deny immigrants entry to the United States if they are likely to become a burden to the economy.

The proposal is estimated to be published in the next week, and does not need congressional approval to take effect. The project may still be modified.

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