PSA: File Green Card Applications Before October 14th!

On August 14, 2019, DHS published a final rule on the public charge ground of inadmissibility. The final rule becomes effective Oct. 15, 2019.

The inadmissibility ground at issue says a person is inadmissible if they are likely to become a public charge and applies to individuals seeking admission into the United States or applying for adjustment of status. Many classes of immigrants are exempt from public charge grounds of inadmissibility.

The rule will not take effect until October 15, 2019. Until that time, all pending adjustment of status cases and those that are postmarked before October 15, 2019 will be adjudicated under current standards.

With the publication of the new rule, USCIS has also released a brand new and longer version of the I-485, which will be required for adjustment of status (green card) filings made after October 14, 2019. USCIS will no longer accept old I-485 forms that are postmarked after October 14, 2019.

If you’re looking to adjust your status or file for a green card without re-doing new forms or having to fill out Form I-944 and being subject to new grounds of inadmissibility, don’t waste time.

We are attaching a checklist of supporting documents typically required for adjustments of status for your assistance.

Individuals who need further assistance and wish to procure our services in the next few days can make an appointment to speak to an attorney at Lal Legal online or email us directly at to get started with the process.

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