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Part G - Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility

In May 王牌彩票, USCIS retired its Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM), a collection of our immigration policies and procedures. We are working quickly to update and incorporate all of the AFM content into the USCIS Policy Manual, the agency’s centralized online repository for immigration policies. Until then, we have moved any remaining AFM content to its corresponding Policy Manual Part. To the extent that a provision in the Policy Manual conflicts with remaining AFM content or Policy Memoranda, the updated information in the Policy Manual prevails. If you have questions or concerns about any discrepancies among these resources, contact USCISPolicyManual@uscis.dhs.gov.

AFM Chapter 20 - Immigrants in General (External) (PDF, 613 KB)

 - Citizenship or residency

 - Congressional findings and statement of purpose

- Definitions

 - Prohibited acts A

 - Labor certification

 - Child labor regulations, orders and statements of interpretation

 - Child labor requirements

 - Sureties and surety bonds

 - Authority and revocation of authority of surety corporations

 - Definitions

 - Medical notifications

 - Definitions

 - Quarter and quarter of coverage

 - Retirement age

 - Certification of eligible households

 - Definitions

 - Lawfully present aliens for purposes of applying for Social Security benefits

 - Jurisdiction and commencement of proceedings

 - Organization, jurisdiction, and powers of the Board of Immigration Appeals

 - Surety bonds

 - Petitions for employment-based immigrants

 - Applicability of public charge inadmissibility; Definitions; Public charge determination; Exemptions and waivers for the public charge ground of inadmissibility

- Public Benefits

 - Applications for the exercise of discretion under section 212(d)(1) and 212(d)(3)

 - Admission under bond or cash deposit

 - Affidavits of support on behalf of immigrants

 - Special requirements for admission, extension, and maintenance of status

 - Special requirements for admission, extension, and maintenance of status

 - Inspection of persons applying for admission

 - Adjustment of aliens in S nonimmigrant classification

 - Representation and appearances

 - Computation of interest

 - Deposit of and interest on cash received to secure immigration bonds

 - Restricting welfare and public benefits for aliens

 - Aliens who are not qualified aliens ineligible for Federal public benefits

 - Limited eligibility of qualified aliens for certain Federal programs

 - Five-year limited eligibility of qualified aliens for Federal means-tested public benefit

 - Definitions

66 FR 3613 (Jan. 16, 2001) (Final rule)

- Definitions

 - Nonimmigrant classifications

 - Worldwide level of immigration

 - Allocation of immigrant visas

 - Asylum

 - Public charge

 - Temporary admission of nonimmigrants

 - Admission of certain aliens on giving bond or undertaking; return upon permanent departure

 - Inspection by immigration officers; expedited removal of inadmissible arriving aliens; referral for hearing

 - Public charge (deportable aliens)

,  - Initiation of removal proceedings

 - Adjustment to permanent resident status

,  - Change of nonimmigrant classification

 - Application to American Indians born in Canada

, 84 FR 41292 (Aug. 14, 2019) (Final rule)

 - Title IV of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996

 - Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996

 - Child Citizenship Act of 2000

 - Help Haitian Adoptees Immediately to Integrate Act of 2010

 - Section 602(b), Title VI of the Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009

 - 127 Stat 54 of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

 - Cuban Refugees Adjustment of Status

Section 11, of the Immigration Act of 1891

Section 212(a)(15), , 183 of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952

Sections 1-2, of the Immigration Act of 1882

Appendices

Applicability of INA 212(a)(4) to Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applications

Appendix: Applicability of INA 212(a)(4) to Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applications

Appendix: Applicability of INA 212(a)(4) to Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applications

Applicability of INA 212(a)(4) to Family-Based Adjustment of Status Applications

Appendix: Applicability of INA 212(a)(4) to Family-Based Adjustment of Status Applications

Appendix: Applicability of INA 212(a)(4) to Family-Based Adjustment of Status Applications

Applicability of INA 212(a)(4) to Other Applicants

Appendix: Applicability of INA 212(a)(4) to Other Applicants

Appendix: Applicability of INA 212(a)(4) to Other Applicants

Applicability of INA 212(a)(4) to Refugee, Asylee, and Parolee Adjustment of Status Applications

Appendix: Applicability of INA 212(a)(4) to Refugee, Asylee, and Parolee Adjustment of Status Applications

Appendix: Applicability of INA 212(a)(4) to Refugee, Asylee, and Parolee Adjustment of Status Applications

Applicability of INA 212(a)(4) to Special Immigrant Adjustment of Status Applications

Appendix: Applicability of INA 212(a)(4) to Special Immigrant Adjustment of Status Applications

Appendix: Applicability of INA 212(a)(4) to Special Immigrant Adjustment of Status Applications

Eligibility for Public Benefits

Appendix: Eligibility for Public Benefits

Appendix: Eligibility for Public Benefits

Totality of the Circumstances Framework

Appendix: Totality of the Circumstances Framework

Appendix: Totality of the Circumstances Framework

Technical Update - Moving the Adjudicator’s Field Manual Content into the USCIS Policy Manual

May 21, 王牌彩票

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration 王牌彩票 (USCIS) is updating and incorporating relevant Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) content into the USCIS Policy Manual. As that process is ongoing, USCIS has moved any remaining AFM content to its corresponding USCIS Policy Manual Part, in PDF format, until relevant AFM content has been properly incorporated into the USCIS Policy Manual. To the extent that a provision in the USCIS Policy Manual conflicts with remaining AFM content or Policy Memoranda, the updated information in the USCIS Policy Manual prevails. To find remaining AFM content, see the

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POLICY ALERT - Implementation of Guidance on Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds

February 24, 王牌彩票

This update incorporates into Volumes 2, 8, and 12 policy guidance that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration 王牌彩票 (USCIS) announced February 5, 王牌彩票, implementing the Inadmissibility of Public Charge Grounds Final Rule. This guidance is in effect as of February 24, 王牌彩票 and applies to all applications and petitions postmarked on or after that date, including in Illinois. (On February 21, 王牌彩票, the Supreme Court of the United States stayed the last remaining injunction in the State of Illinois, allowing DHS to implement the final rule nationwide.) Certain classes of aliens are exempt from the public charge ground of inadmissibility (such as refugees, asylees, certain VAWA self-petitioners, U petitioners, and T applicants) and therefore, are not subject to the Final Rule. For more information about the classes of aliens who are exempt from the Final Rule, click here.

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POLICY ALERT - Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility

February 05, 王牌彩票

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration 王牌彩票 (USCIS) is issuing guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to address the final rule on the public charge ground of inadmissibility. This policy guidance is effective on February 24, 王牌彩票, and will apply to all applicants and petitioners filing applications and petitions for adjustment of status, extension of stay, and change of status, except for applicants and petitioners in the State of Illinois, whose cases will be adjudicated under prior policy, including the  and AFM Ch. 61.1. For additional information, see Public Charge Inadmissibility Determinations in Illinois. Certain classes of aliens are exempt from the public charge ground of inadmissibility (such as refugees, asylees, certain VAWA self-petitioners, U petitioners, and T applicants) and therefore, are not subject to the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule. For more information about the classes of aliens who are exempt from the final rule, click here.

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Technical Update - Replacing the Term “Foreign National”

October 08, 2019

This technical update replaces all instances of the term “foreign national” with “alien” throughout the Policy Manual as used to refer to a person who meets the definition provided in INA 101(a)(3) [“any person not a citizen or national of the United States”].

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