ALERT: We implemented the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule nationwide on Feb. 24, 2020, including in Illinois where the rule was enjoined until the Supreme Court stayed the injunction on Feb. 21, 2020. The final rule applies to applications and petitions postmarked (or submitted electronically) on or after Feb. 24, 2020. For applications and petitions sent by commercial courier (such as UPS, FedEx and DHL), the postmark date is the date reflected on the courier receipt.
The Final Rule requires applicants for adjustment of status who are subject to the public charge ground of inadmissibility and certain applicants and petitioners seeking extension of stay and change of status to report certain information related to public benefits. Due to litigation-related delays in the Final Rule’s implementation, USCIS is applying this requirement as though it refers to Feb. 24, 2020, rather than October 15, 2019. Please read all references to