USCIS Requires New Forms after Implementation of Public Charge Rule

February 11, 2020 | United States of America

Starting February 24, 2020, coinciding with the implementation of the public charge rule, USCIS will require applicants to use one of many updated forms for all states except Illinois.

The announcement follows a Supreme Court ruling that lifted temporary injunctions across the nation to prevent the Trump Administration from implementing the public charge rule.

Beginning February 24, 2020, applicants must use new versions of select forms. This includes forms for L-1, H-1B, and other non-immigrant workers, adjustment of status (including permanent residency), and changes or extensions of nonimmigrant status. Older forms will be rejected if they are postmarked February 24, 2020 or later in all states except in Illinois. Additionally, applicants filing for adjustment of status must submit a Declaration of Self-Sufficiency (Form I-944). USCIS may request a public charge bond from certain applicants. Applicants may also need to submit a Form I-945.

Applicants and petitioning employers in Illinois may continue using the old forms until further notice.