The Dreaded Public Charge Rule Is Now In Full Effect

In a very quiet but detrimental move, on Sept. 11, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a decision that allows DHS to resume implementing the Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility final rule nationwide, including in New York, Connecticut and Vermont. The decision stays the July 29, 2020, injunction, issued during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, that prevented DHS from enforcing the public charge final rule during a national health emergency. For more information on this consequential decision by the court, please click here for the USCIS Public Charge implementation.