By: John Dawson

USCIS announced on March 9 that it will no longer apply the Public Charge Final Rule. The Public Charge Final Rule was published in October 2019 and subjected all I-485 applicants to a wealth test, requiring applicants to list and document all assets and debts on Form I-944. Effective March 9, I-485 applicants no longer need to submit Form I-944.

USCIS will not review any I-944 forms already submitted, and applicants can disregard any aspect of a Request for Evidence of Notice of Intent to Deny that requests information related to the Public Charge Final Rule.

The Public Charge Final Rule had also required nonimmigrant visa applicants to answer questions about the receipt of public benefits on applications for extension of stay or change of status. Nonimmigrant visa applicants now no longer need to answer these questions relating to the receipt of public benefits.

USCIS will revert to the prior guidance outlined in the 1999 Interim Field Guidance in place prior to the introduction of the Public Charge Final Rule.