President Bident signed an executive order on February 2 calling for a review of the public charge rule implemented by the Trump administration. The public charge rule, also called the wealth test, under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), gave U.S. Immigration officers the authority to deny applicants of Green Cards, visa extensions, or other changes in immigration status. An officer’s ability to deny or approve an immigration application would be expanded to include factors based on the potential for future use of “public benefits” such as food stamps, Medicaid, and housing assistance.
On June 10 the 7th Circuit Court upheld a preliminary injunction blocking the new public charge rule enforcement in Illinois. Multiple lawsuits and court orders prevented the rule from going into effect while Trump was in office.
On his first days in office, President Biden reversed many of the Trump administration’s policy to severely restrict immigration:
The experienced immigration attorneys at Godoy Law Office in Chicago and Lombard offer assistance in immigration matters and also advise immigrants looking to secure status as permanent residents through the process of applying for a Green Card or citizenship. If you need help with an immigration issue, please contact our office or call us at 630-912-0322.