In Florida and elsewhere across the country, staying updated on U.S. immigration laws and policies can be challenging and stressful. It seems such laws are always being changed. Immigrants who are planning to seek an adjustment of status will want to review recent policy changes that may affect their ability to do so.
All states but one have adopted new policies regarding the “public charge rule,” which pertains to visa applicants and others who wish to change their legal status. Certain issues may now prompt U.S. government officials to deem a particular person inadmissible for entry to the United States. In addition, those who currently reside in the United States who plan to seek permanent residency may also be unable to do so if, at any time, they are likely to become a public charge.
A public charge for these purposes means someone receiving Supplemental Security Income, Section 8 housing assistance, Medicaid or other federal, state or local government cash assistance. Certain types of assistance are exempt from the new public charge rule. These include emergency disaster relief, foster care or adoption assistance, as well as benefits received by pregnant women, including the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program.
A Florida resident interested in seeking an adjustment of status can ask an experienced immigration law attorney for help. An immigration attorney typically makes it a point to stay updated on any changes that occur regarding U.S. immigration laws and policies. Lack of knowledge regarding such laws may place a person at risk for deportation.