Public Charge Rule
2019 Public Charge Rule No Longer in Effect
On March 9, 2021, the Biden Administration ended litigation involving the 2019 public charge rule, which had been in effect since Feb. 24, 2020. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has clarified that it is no longer enforcing the new rule and has restored the longstanding 1999 public charge policy. This means that immigrants can access important health, nutrition and housing benefits without fear of a negative impact on their immigration status.
Updated March 15, 2021
Timeline and Implementation
March 9, 2021: The Biden Administration ended the Trump-era public charge rule and returned to the longstanding 1999 public charge policy.
February 22, 2021: The Supreme Court agreed to hear new legal challenges filed to block the public charge rule due to its public health impact during the pandemic.
February 24, 2020: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began implementing the new rule.
October 2019: Several courts blocked the rule, but the Supreme Court allowed the federal government to implement the rule while legal challenges continue.