Immigrants Using Public Benefits Could Lose Green Card Access
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Why Legal Immigrants Receiving Public Benefits Could Lose The Right To Get A Green Card

Sep 29, 2018 Familia America Green Card

The Donald Trump administration cannot seem to stop thinking of new ways to turn the lives of legal immigrants into a nightmare. Under a new proposal by the Trump administration, legal immigrants who receive certain public social benefits could lose the right to obtain a green card or permanent residence.

The Trump administration is mulling over the new guidelines that could potentially affect millions of legal immigrants inside the U.S. “It does not seem as if those who already have green cards will be affected by the new proposal,” says our Salt Lake City green card attorney at Familia America.

On the other hand, if you are planning to obtain permanent residence or green card, but are already receiving food stamps, subsidies for renting housing or other types of financial aid from the U.S. government, you would be facing a tough choice if the Trump administration signs the proposed changes into law.

What does the Trump proposal mean for legal immigrants?

The proposal, consisting of 447 pages of guidelines, was titled “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds” and published by the Department of Homeland Security on its website late last month.

Our experienced green card attorney in Salt Lake City explains that if you are currently receiving certain public social benefits, the proposed changes would force you to make a tough choice between continuing to receive the benefits or proceeding with your plan to obtain a green card to live and work legally in the U.S.

According to calculations by the Miami Herald, some 382,000 legal immigrants would be affected annually by the proposed changes. If the proposed changes are adopted in the U.S., it would be a yet another indication that the Trump administration is determined to curb not only illegal but also legal immigration to the country.

Are you a ‘public charge’ for American taxpayers?

The proposal also offered the term “public charge,” which it defines as a legal immigrant who receives a certain type of government assistance above predefined thresholds or for longer than certain established deadlines. Under the new proposal, those labeled a “public charge” for American taxpayers would lose the right to obtain a green card or permanent residency in the U.S.

In a statement defending the proposed changes, DHS insisted that the new rules are supposed to protect the pockets of taxpayers in the United States. Furthermore, DHS officials explained that individuals who plan to immigrate to the U.S. legally must present evidence that they are capable of supporting themselves financially.

Critics have lambasted the proposed rules, saying that the Trump administration does not care about family unity and only allows the wealthiest to cross the U.S. border to live and work legally in the country.

What to do if you are receiving public benefits but want a green card?

If you are outraged by the proposed guidelines, did you know that current regulations allow, to some extent, the U.S. government to deny green card and permanent residence applications if the applicant receives public social benefits. The proposed rule seeks to expand the authority of immigration officials to allow them to dismiss an even larger number of applications from immigrants seeking to obtain a green card or permanent residence when deemed a burden on U.S. taxpayers.

Critics of the Trump administration fear that the proposed changes would prompt immigrants to stay away from government assistance programs. Are you a legal immigrant receiving financial aid from the U.S. government who wants to obtain a green card or permanent residence? Get a consultation from our Salt Lake City green card attorney at Familia America. Let us evaluate your particular situation and explain your legal options. Call at 801-656-9605 today.

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