Update on the Public Charge Rule
Despite litigation that enjoined USCIS from proceeding with the implementation of the Public Charge Rule, Department of State (DOS) seemed ready to proceed with it at Consulates abroad.
But, as of this week, DOS is no longer “fast-tracking” the Public Charge Rule. It withdrew its request for emergency review of its new public charge form, DS-5540, that it proposes to use to determine if applicants are “self-sufficient and not a strain on public resources” and, on October 24, 2019, began a 60-day comment period.
Once the comment period is over, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) review will take place. How long that review will run is hard to know. If the experience with the OMB review of another controversial Trump Administration rule – the rescission of the H-4 EAD Rule – provides any indication, the review could go on for months.