After years of litigation, injunctions, appeals, reversals of injunctions and more appeals, the Biden Administration has announced the final end of the Public Charge rule that was ushered in by the Trump Administration. The Public Charge Rule required applicants for permanent residency to provide extensive documentation of their financial status before their green cards could be approved. On March 9, the Biden Administration announced it would no longer defend the Trump policy.
On or after March 9, 2021, applicants for adjustment of status should not provide the Form I-944, or any evidence or documentation required on that form. If an applicant or petitioner has already provided such information, and USCIS adjudicates the application or petition on or after March 9, 2021, the government will not consider any information provided on the Form I-944.
An applicant who has received a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) requesting information that is solely required by the Public Charge Final Rule, with a response due on or after March 9, 2021, should not provide information solely required by the Public Charge Final Rule. However, you need to respond to the aspects of the RFE or NOID that otherwise pertain to the eligibility for the immigration benefit you are seeking.
U.S. consulates abroad are also instructed to disregard the Public Charge Rule in adjudicating immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applications.