From February 24, 2020, almost all Adjustment of Status applicants will need to include a Form I-944 with their I-485 filings. This form results from changes to the public charge analysis. The forms were initially scheduled to take effect last year, but implementation was halted by court injunction. The US Supreme Court recently lifted thos injuctions (except in Illinois), so the change takes effect soon.
The following categories are exempt from the public charge requirements and therefore do not need to file the I-944:
For everyone other than these exempt categories, the following rules apply to Adjustment of Status applicants:
Elaine Martin has been practising US and global immigration law since 1997. She is an immigrant herself (from Ireland), so has a special understanding of the legal and emotional challenges involved in relocating to a new country.