Weekly Immigration Round-Up: Public Charge Rule Terminated; Foreigners Previously Barred from U.S. Can Reapply for Visas; Venezuelans Granted Temporary Protected Status

Weekly Immigration Round-Up: Public Charge Rule Terminated; Foreigners Previously Barred from U.S. Can Reapply for Visas; Venezuelans Granted Temporary Protected Status

End of the 2019 Public Charge Rule

On Tuesday, March 9, 2021, the Biden administration asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the government’s appeals of court decisions against the “public charge” rule, which had expanded the ability of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to deny green cards to lower-income immigrants. U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas stated that “the 2019 public charge rule was not in keeping with our nation’s values. It penalized those who access health benefits and other government services available to them. Consistent with the President’s vision, we will continue