Federal Rule Change Likely to Impact International and Immigrant Students

While the U.S. public-charge rule has existed since the 1990s, the new version recently published has far-reaching implications for immigrant and international students and their families.

The rule requires individuals seeking to enter the U.S. either as immigrants or nonimmigrants to show they are self-sufficient and will not require public resources, including government benefits such as welfare, for support. In the new version, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has expanded the definition of “public charge” to include non-cash public benefits.


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