Public Charge

Press Release Date:
May 20, 2021


In 2019, under the Trump administration, the Department of Homeland Security initiated a new public charge rule that mandated petitioners and applicants applying for certain benefits to disclose information regarding the receipt of public benefits.  This new public charge rule led to the actual and potential denial of immigration benefits for petitioners and applicants.

In 2021, the Biden administration took a stance against the public charge rule by withdrawing pending government appeals on challenges to the rule.  As a result, on March 9, 2021, the DHS public charge rule will no longer be in effect and USCIS will immediately stop applying the public charge rule.