No more I-944 (declaration of self-sufficiency) during the pandemic.
On July 29, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) in State of New York, et al. v. DHS, et al. and Make the Road NY et al. v. Cuccinelli, et al. enjoined the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from enforcing, applying, implementing, or treating as effective the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final Rule for any period during which there is a declared national health emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
What it means to the immigrants and non-immigrants
- Those who are applying for the green card (I-485: adjustment of status), you don’t have to file form I-944. If you are applying the green card based on family petition, your petitioner can file I-864 (affidavit of support) for you, and if your petitioner does not have enough income, then you can find a co-sponsor who has to be a permanent resident or citizen.
- Those who are applying worked related non-immigrant visa on form I-129 such as R-1 (religious visa, E-2 (investor), H-1 (professionals) etc. , you don’t have to file I-944