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Public Charge Rule

The public charge ground of inadmissibility has been a part of the U.S. immigration law for more than 100 years.

An alien who is likely at any time to become a public charge is generally inadmissible to the United States and ineligible to become a lawful permanent resident. Under the final rule, a public charge is defined as an alien who has received one or more public benefits, as defined in the rule, for more than 12 months within any 36-month period.

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