DHP Client Alert – Public Charge Rule in Effect Starting Monday

To our valued clients and partners:

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released the visa bulletin for March 2020. This bulletin has Table B showing that those individuals with filing/priority dates BEFORE December 15, 2015, and have been inside of the U.S. since December 30, 2019, are now allowed to prepare and submit the required documents to the National Visa Center.

David Hirson & Partners, LLP (DHP) knows that our valued clients and their family members are excited for this next step in the immigration process. DHP is ready to help our clients and partners to prepare for this important immigration step. It is important to understand that the U.S. government has instituted new rules this month which greatly affect the entire process of coming to the U.S. Now, all foreign nationals will have to show that s/he will not be considered a “public charge.”

DHP has prepared an initial questionnaire to determine whether or not you may be considered a public charge by the U.S. government. After receiving your completed questionnaire (no later than March 10, 2020) DHP’s attorneys and staff will work closely with you to prepare the necessary documentation to submit to the government.

Please note the following important deadlines that must be met so we can help prepare a strong filing for you and your family:

  • You must be physically in the U.S. since before December 30, 2019.
  • You must notify DHP in writing that you would like for us to proceed with filing under Table B AND submit a completed initial public charge questionnaire by March 10, 2020.
  • DHP will notify individuals who may be considered a public charge by March 16, 2020.
  • DHP requires all final documents by March 23, 2020 in order to file under Table B by March 30, 2020.

Our experienced team is prepared to help you navigate the new immigration rules.

Learn more about the public charge rule, below.