USCIS Updates Policy Manual to Clarify Public Charge Inadmissibility Criteria for Form I-485 Applicants

On July 20, 2023, USCIS updated its Policy Manual to clarify how the public charge ground of inadmissibility applies to Form I-485, which is used for adjusting immigration status. The update aims to help applicants respond accurately to related questions, particularly Question 61, which determines whether one is subject to public charge review. Incorrect answers will result in a Request for Evidence (RFE) but no punitive measures. The update is closely monitored by the USCIS HQ (Benefits Policy) Committee and is crucial for applicants in family-based, employment, and Diversity Visa categories, except those in certain humanitarian categories who are exempt.

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