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The Final Public Charge Rule and the DS260 Visa Application Form

Crispin Aranda

The Final Public Charge Rule and the DS260  Visa Application Form

Most applicants for immigration have not set foot in the U.S. and would not have applied for public benefits with the U.S. government. On the other hand, applicants living in the U.S., either in lawful or unlawful status, would be more exposed to and affected by the Final Public Charge Rule.

Visa Application Landmines

The DS 260 form is part of the visa application process with the National Visa Center or NVC. It reflects the policy thrusts of the current administration as it includes several questions that determine whether your immigrant visa would be issued or refused.

Get an overview of the U.S. Final Public Charge Rule

The Public Charge Rule is already part of the form and has been for decades—especially after the U.S. Congress approved the Illegal Immigration Reform And Immigrant Responsibility Act, or IIRAIRA, of 1996. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, the IIRAIRA is codified under Section 212(a)(4).

Not sure how the new rule will affect your application? Read a case of an undocumented alien, living in the U.S. with a U.S. Citizen child.

Are you currently completing an immigrant visa application? There is a section on the new form asking for your work, education, and training, mainly if you have attended any educational institution at a secondary level and up.

Do you need assistance in completing your DS 260? Complete an online form for an office visit.

While this specific section has been in the books, immigration and consular officers now have new guidelines for deciding on an application.

Authors & Contributors

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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