On September 22, 2020 the USCIS reinstated the new public charge rule.
Guidance on the USCIS website states that the USCIS will apply the public charge rule to all petitions postmarked after February 24, 2020.
USCIS will not re-adjudicate any cases which are already approved, but may issue an RFE for any evidence required by the public charge rule on those cases still pending. Any cases filed after October 13, 2020 without the forms, information, or evidence required by the public charge rule will be rejected. The I-944 is now re-published on the USCIS website.
- In August 2019 the new public charge rule was announced by the Department of Homeland Security.
- In early October 2019 the new public charge rule was implemented by the USCIS. In mid-October 2019, the implementation of the new public charge rule was suspended after a law suit was filed.
- In February 2020 the new public charge rule was implemented after the US Supreme Court lifted the nationwide injunction on January 27, 2020.
- In July 2020, a District Court Judge in New York stopped the USCIS and DOS from enforcing, applying, implementing, or treating as effective the new public charge rule during the national health emergency declared by President Trump due to Covid-19. On July 31, 2020 USCIS announced that in response to this ruling USCIS will not consider any information or documentation provided with the I-944 on applications filed after July 29, 2020 and removed the form I-944 from its