A new legal wall for immigrants and nonimmigrants will go up on February 24, 2020. The Department of Homeland Security will begin implementing the new Public Charge Rule.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it will begin implementing the Public Charge Rule on and after February 24, 2020. The rule will not be applied for applicants with physical address in Illinois as a result of an injunction by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The DHS has requested a stay of the injunction from the Seventh Circuit in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to stay the nationwide injunction. If the Seventh Circuit lifts the injunction, the USCIS will provide additional guidance. The USCIS has a special address and webpage for applicants from Illinois who live in Illinois.
According to public announcement, the USCIS will apply the rule to petitions and application postmarked on or after February 24, 2020. For petitions or applications sent by commercial carrier, the postmark date will be reflected on the courier receipt. For applications that are postmarked prior to February 24, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security will not consider the alien’s application, certification or approval to receive, or receipt of certain non-cash public benefits before Feb. 24, 2020. Similarly, when determining whether the public benefits condition applies to applications or petitions for extension of stay or change of status, USCIS will only consider public benefits received on or after Feb. 24, 2020.