Public Benefits for Immigrants May Become a Factor in Visa Adjudication

The Trump administration is drafting new regulations that would allow the government to expand its definition of “public charge.” The potential rule allows the government to factor in a greater amount of public benefits than are now considered when adjudicating applications for visas and green cards. Currently, the government can only assess cash benefits (TANF). If the potential rule is approved, USCIS would analyze the use of additional public benefits during the two years prior to filing the application.