How DHS's New Public Charge Rule Could Affect You
February 20, 2023
Immigration laws in the US began in the 1880s as people were welcomed into the country for various reasons. Within those laws is the term “public charge,” referring to someone in the care of the public. However, in 1999, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (the agency before the Department of Homeland Security) defined this term more thoroughly. In the 1999 Interim Field Guidance release, the definition of “public charge” was adapted to refer to anyone primarily dependent on public cash assistance or long-term care at the expense of the government. This standard has remained until recent rulings, and the DHS’s new “public charge” rule could affect visa and green card holders.