Cash Beneficiaries Can Still Have Their Green Card Applications Denied

Excludes Non-Cash Benefits

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) amends the “Public Charge” rule, which was activated as a crackdown rule during the Trump administration.

However, the amendment still allows immigrants to be careful as it allows permanent resident applicants to dismiss documents if they receive benefits from the government-provided cash aid program.

DHS announced on the 17th that it would partially revise the content of public assistance that was changed in 2019.

Under the amendment, beneficiaries of the federal Supplemental Income Supplement (SSI), the Temporary Cash Assistance Program for Low-Income Families (TANF), and state and county cash assistance to low-income individuals or couples could still be denied permanent residency.

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mallorca

On the other hand, immigrants who received non-cash benefits, such as  a medical program for low-income families, Food Stamps,  and Section 8 housing assistance, were excluded from the rejection of permanent residency. In addition, disaster aid received from the federal or local governments during the COVID-19 pandemic, tax credits, and other credit benefits are not included as factors for rejection of permanent residency.

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mallorca said: “The amendment will provide fair and humane treatment to immigrants seeking entry to the United States or applying for permanent residency within the United States. didn’t The amendment will not penalize individuals with access to health care and other additional government services.”

MI Asian Staff
Author: MI Asian Staff