Public Charge Rule Implemented Nationwide

The Public Charge Rule will be officially implemented nationwide. The rule outlines that an alien who is likely to become a public charge is generally inadmissible to the United States and ineligible to become a lawful permanent resident. Under the final rule, a public charge is defined as an alien who has received one or more public benefits, as defined in the rule, for more than 12 months within any 36-month period. To learn more about the Public Charge Rule, please click here.

The Public Charge Rule was stayed previously due to an injunction from the U.S District Court for the Southern District of New York, due to the Covid-19 national emergency. On September 11th, 2020, a U.S Court of Appeals granted a pause on the injunction, allowing DHS to implement and enforce the Public Charge Rule. USCIS will release further details and revised forms in relation to the implementation of this rule on October 2, 2020. One such impact will likely be that USCIS will require Form I-944, Declaration of Self Sufficiency for those filing for I-485, Application to Register for Permanent Residency or Adjust Status. Please note that previously, USCIS will request any missing forms and evidence if they receive an I-485 with missing forms or evidence. However, any I-485 received after October 13, 2020 without the required forms and evidence will be rejected. Therefore, it is important to know and include all forms and evidence necessary to file your I-485. The best way to do so is to contact an immigration professional.

Here at Zhang and Associates, we have successfully represented thousands of non-immigrant and immigrant visas cases. We also understand that during this hectic time, your immigration needs are extremely important. If your needs are neglected, there can be very serious consequences that might disrupt your life. Here at Zhang & Associates, we try to keep you informed and ready. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any immigration related issue, our seasoned staff will be happy to help. For a free evaluation on your case or situation, please email us at

Former U.S. Consular officer, Attorney Sechyi Laiu joined Zhang & Associates, P.C. on June 26, 2017

At Zhang & Associates, P.C., Attorney Laiu specializes on Consular Processing cases and business development. Attorney Laiu also focuses on TN visas, E visas, CBP administrative proceedings (monetary confiscation, deferred inspection), and overseas financial compliance.

Prior to joining Zhang & Associates, P.C., Attorney Laiu worked for the U.S. Department of State as a Chinese and Portuguese speaking diplomat. As a consular-coned officer who served in Vancouver (Canada), Shenyang (P.R. China), and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Attorney Laiu processed over 30,000 visa cases and worked in every section of Consular Affairs overseas (Fraud Prevention Unit, Immigrant Visas, Non-Immigrant Visas, and American Citizen Services).

He will use his experience and expertise to deliver the highest quality of service to our clients.

Founded in 1996, Zhang & Associates, P.C. offers legal services to clients worldwide in all aspects of U.S immigration law. We have successfully handled over ten thousand immigration cases.

At Zhang & Associates, P.C., our attorneys and supporting professionals are committed to providing high-quality immigration and non-immigration visa services. We specialize in NIW, EB-1, EB-5, PERM, I-485 I-130, H-1B, O, L and J cases. In the past twenty-two years, we have successfully helped over ten thousand clients get green cards. If you plan to apply for a green card, please send your CV to Attorney Jerry Zhang ( for a free evaluation.

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