DHS has released an advance copy of the long-anticipated public charge rule. The impacts on the immigration system will be dramatic if it is finalized. It dramatically expands the authority of examiners to deny someone adjustment of status on public charge grounds. Nonimmigrant extension and change of status applicants will now undergo a public charge analysis. Public charge bonds will become common. And a back-door point system is being introduced where factors like English skills, credit scores, age and education levels are weighed in determining whether someone will be self-sufficient in the future.
The rule is 447 pages and I’ve prepared a detailed summary which can be found here.