Rule to Deny Visas for Immigrants Who Use Public Assistance Becomes Final


By SHRM Online August 12, 2019

The Trump administration released a regulation Monday that could dramatically cut the number of legal immigrants allowed to enter and stay in the U.S. by making it easier to reject green card and visa applications, CNN reported.

Immigrants lawfully in the U.S. will be blocked from obtaining green cards if they use any of an array of social programs, according to The Wall Street Journal. In addition, those trying to immigrate into the United States will be denied entry if they can't persuade a consular officer that they will never use public-assistance programs.

Dependency on public benefits has been grounds for refusing admission at U.S. ports of entry as far back as the late 19th and early 20th century, the department noted in a release accompanying the proposed rule

"Under long-standing federal law, those seeking to immigrate to the United States must show they can support themselves financially," said former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

The rule could result in new responsibilities for employers and more pressure on low-income immigrants. 

The rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register and made final on Aug. 13.

Researchers said the proposed version of the rule would have a serious impact on immigrants, regardless of whether they were affected by the policy, reported BuzzFeed News.

This story is developing and will be updated.


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