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New Practice Area – IMMIGRATION LAW

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and the U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) have recently implemented a new rule that is anticipated to affect a substantial number of green card and visa applicants. The so-called “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds” rule allows immigration officers to deny an applicant based on a determination that the applicant is likely to become a “public charge” after admission to the United States or adjustment of status to that of a legal permanent resident. Specifically, an applicant may be found “inadmissible” if, in the discretion of a reviewing officer, he or she is likely to receive public housing, food stamps, Supplemental Security Income, or other government benefits for more than 12 months in any 36-month period. The rule applies to petitions and applications filed or postmarked on or after February 24, 2020. 

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