Many people seeking the legal ability to live and work in the United States do so in an effort to improve their lives and the lives of their family members. When initially leaving their native countries, however, they may have limited financial resources. 

A policy initiated by the current Presidential administration leaves some people wondering if their desire to better their lives by immigrating to the U.S. may not be enough to make their dreams come true. 

Public charge rule introduced in early 2020

In February of 2020, the U.S. government issued a new immigration rule that seemed to target people of limited financial means and even to block these people from coming into the United States. As explained by CBS News, the rule instituted a test to determine the ability of a green card applicant to take care of himself or herself. A person who fails to pass the test may risk denial of a green card application. 

Rule put on hold in summer of 2020

By the middle of summer, the public charge wealth test was officially paused as the nation and the world attempted to address issues related to the pandemic. However, some efforts to appeal that pause continued and made their way to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Appeal reinstates public charge test

After less than three months on hold, the public charge rule has been reinstated, allowing U.S. Customs and Immigration Services to evaluate a person’s green card application in light of their potential to request or receive multiple forms of public assistance that even include housing and health care.