Halt to Implementation of Newly Expanded Public Charge Rule

On October 11, 2019 federal judges in 3 separate courts enjoined USCIS from “enforcing, applying, or treating as effective” the DHS Public Charge Final Rule (see earlier blog post). In addition, the court specifically enjoined the government from implementing the use of any new or updated forms whose submission would be required under the Final Rule, including the I-485 and I-129. As of 5 pm on October 11, the forms had been removed from the USCIS website.
Unfortunately, the Department of State, who implements the rule at consular posts abroad and was not a party to the federal law suits, has decided to go ahead with its own implementation of the Final Rule.