Posted on September 10 2022
Abstract: The DHS of the USA has laid out a coherent list of facilities available to immigrants under public charge.
The DHS or Department of Homeland Security of the USA has launched new rules for immigrants in USA. The rules provide transparency and uniformity for immigrants on how DHS will regulate the public charge criteria of inadmissibility.
The recent policy restores the earlier understanding of a 'public charge' that was practiced for a long time. Immigrants would be able to access public healthcare benefits like Medicaid and nutritional support. The changed policies aim to restore faith in the immigration system of the US.
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Under the new rule, an immigrant would be considered eligible for 'public charge' if they meet the requirements. The determination will be dependent on:
DHS will not consider the public charge facilities availed by family members other than the candidate who has applied. It will also not authorize the receipt of specific non-cash facilities for immigrants. The facilities covered by public charge include:
DHS plans to develop a Policy Manual to keep the USCIS or US Citizenship and Immigration Services updated on how the policy will be implemented.
DHS will also conduct interaction with the public to reduce the risk of uncertainty or confusion among both immigrants as well as American citizens.
The policy will be effective from December 23, 2022. It will be published in the Federal Register of the USA on September 9, 2022.
DHS is making public charge evaluation uniform according to the statute and the Interim Field Guidance of 1999. It will continue to implement the final rule for applications on or after the scheduled date.
The announcement is among the policies the American government has taken to ensure the just and productive management of the immigration system of the country.
An immigrant who is likely to become dependent on government assistance for living in the country was considered as a public charge.
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