USCIS released a statement on March 9, 2021 stating that they will no longer be pursuing the public charge rule. “The 2019 public charge rule was not in keeping with our nation’s values. It penalized those who access health benefits and other government services available to them,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas. “Consistent with the President’s vision, we will continue to implement reforms that improve our legal immigration system.”
Applicants applying for adjustment of status will still need a sponsor to file an affidavit of support on their behalf. However, INA section 212(a)(4) which renders an alien inadmissible if they are likely to become a public charge still exists. With the revision of the public charge rule, it is a lot less probable that this will occur going forward. For more information regarding filing an adjustment of status petition, our firm can assist you.