Public Charge Rule Takes Effect February 24, 2020!

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Public Charge Rule Takes Effect February 24, 2020!

The Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of allowing the Trump administration to press forward with the new public charge regulations. On January 31, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the new rule will take effect nationwide beginning on February 24, 2020.

To learn more about the public programs being considered in the new public charge determination rule and to assist clients and families, you can:

  1. Let them know that the new rule is not retroactive and a myriad of factors (totality of circumstances) are considered when making a public charge determination.
  2. Encourage them to seek legal counsel for individual circumstances or outstanding concerns.
  3. Go through the screening tool with your clients:

Our Position

Families shouldn’t be punished for accepting help when they need it, no matter where they are from. Oklahoma communities thrive when everyone has the opportunity to build a better life with access to adequate food, housing and medical care.

Check Out the Latest.

New Public Charge Rule Effective February 24, USCIS Announces, by Amy L. Peck at The National Law Review

USCIS has announced the new Public Charge Rule will become effective on February 24, 2020, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has lifted the injunction.

What is Public Charge?

Under current policy, participation in a very narrow range of programs is counted against legal immigrants applying for legal permanent residency. This policy is referred to as “Public Charge”. Under the new rule, the Public Charge policy will be expanded to include participation in basic programs like SNAP (food stamps), Medicaid – short-term rehabilitative care, and Section 8 housing assistance.