Key Provisions of Public Charge Policy Changes Compared
Proposed changes to the interpretation of the public charge doctrine have created fear and confusion in immigrant communities. The consequences of being considered “likely to become a public charge” are severe and could result in exclusion from the United States or an inability to establish lawful permanent residence. In some cases, being deemed a public charge could result in deportation. The confusion is compounded by the differences between three separate agency interpretations: (1) the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Manual, governing public charge determinations at consular offices outside the U.S., (2) the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s proposed regulations on the public charge grounds of inadmissibility, and (3) the U.S. Department of Justice’s forthcoming proposed rule on inadmissibility and deportability. This table compares key provisions of the three agencies’ policy proposals.
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