Now that the new Department of Homeland Security rule on public charge inadmissibility has gone into effect, practitioners must include a new form, the I-944 "Declaration of Self-Sufficiency," for adjustment applicants who are subject to public charge. This webinar will discuss who needs to submit the I-944 and what information and evidence is required, go over the new USCIS policy guidance on public charge to understand how adjudicators will use the I-944 as part of the public charge test, and provide practice tips and other suggestions for completing this form and collecting the supporting evidence. The new public charge rule places less emphasis on the affidavit of support and instead encourages officers to rely on other factors, covered more comprehensively in the I-944. Thus, the I-944 is now a critical piece of evidence in deciding whether an applicant for adjustment of status is inadmissible based on the public charge ground.
*Note that on July 29, 2020, a federal district court briefly halted implementation nationwide of the new DHS public charge rule during the COVID-19 national health emergency. Then on August 12, 2020, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals limited the scope of the injunction to just New York, Connecticut, and Vermont. This means that everywhere outside the Second Circuit the government may resume implementation of the new rule, including use of Form I-944.