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New Definition of Public Charge Proposed

Discussion in 'Lottery Visas - DV' started by Sm1smom, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. Sm1smom

    Sm1smom Super Moderator

    The government is looking into expanding the current definition of what constitutes a public charge. Things such as enrolling a child in government pre-school programs or receiving subsidies for utility bills or health insurance premiums will constitute being a public charge under this new definition.

    Some of the benefits being targeted (not limited to these):
    • some “educational benefits,” including use of Head Start for children
    • Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
    • use of any subsidies, or purchase of subsidized insurance, under the Affordable Care Act
    • food stamps
    • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) assistance
    • Housing benefits, like Section 8
    • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

    If this goes into effect, it will become a lot harder for so many people currently living in (or previously stayed) in the US on a NIV to successfully obtain a GC.

    Link to the draft Memo below:

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  2. mira88

    mira88 Member

    Thanks for posting this. I read some articles that said this might affect green card holders too. I have insurance through ACA marketplace plans and I qualified for premium tax credit. I am currently looking for jobs so hopefully I will get insurance through my work but do you think this might have an effect on permanent residents too?
  3. Sihem

    Sihem Member

    It shouldn't according to Reuters : "The rules would not apply to permanent residents applying for citizenship, but would apply to a wide range of people living or working in the United States, including close family members of U.S. citizens and workers employed by U.S. companies."

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  4. Sm1smom

    Sm1smom Super Moderator

    It shouldn’t based on the current wording, but I anything is possible with this administration.

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