As of Feb. 24, the new public charge rule is in force, affecting people applying for green cards and visas both from within and outside the United States. The rule gives the U.S. government sweeping powers to deny green cards to applicants it suspects won’t be able to financially support themselves when in the United States. The rule takes into consideration multiple factors, such as age, health, financial status, and English proficiency, to decide whether applicants are likely at any time in the future to use public benefits, such as Medicaid and food stamps.

On March 5, the Boundless team (including an in-house immigration attorney) will be on hand to discuss the new public charge rule and how it impacts the U.S. immigration process. We can address broader public charge questions you may have, such as:

  • Does the new public charge rule affect sponsors?
  • What is the new income requirement?
  • How does public charge affect people applying from outside the United States?
  • Does this rule apply if I accepted benefits while pregnant?

Please note: Boundless will not be able to answer case-specific questions or questions about how the rule applies to individual states or non-federal benefit programs.