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US State Department instructed embassies to issue visas in accordance with Clinton-era criteria

Visa applicants are no longer required to submit and fill out DS5540, including the Public Charge Questionnaire, according to the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs. Similarly, visa applicants who have already been interviewed do not have to take any action and after appearing in the interview on the scheduled date, the embassy or consulate will issue the visa in accordance with the full policy of the Trump era.

N24 Correspondent, WASHINGTON:- The US State Department has instructed US embassies to issue immigrant visas in line with the public charge criteria before the Trump-era policy.

In addition, the State Department will issue further instructions to embassies and consulates in the coming days in accordance with Executive Order 14012 issued by President Joe Biden to restore confidence in the immigration system.

Visa applicants are no longer required to submit and fill out DS5540, including the Public Charge Questionnaire, according to the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs. Similarly, visa applicants who have already been interviewed do not have to take any action and after appearing in the interview on the scheduled date, the embassy or consulate will issue the visa in accordance with the full policy of the Trump era.

The move by the State Department will make it harder for those with access to health, housing, and food in the United States to obtain immigrant visas than the Trump administration’s public charge rules.

Trump-era public charge rules made it difficult for people with access to health, housing, and food in the United States to obtain visas.

In the first week of March, after the Supreme Court granted the Biden administration’s request to dismiss lawsuits in favor of the public charge, the Biden administration stopped enforcing the Trump-era public charge rule, which restricts low-income earners and government beneficiaries to green cards.

However, the Ministry of External Affairs has only updated the guidelines given to the embassies today.

In the first week of March, the Department of Justice warned courts across the country not to defend the Trump-era public charge rule. Green card applicants in the United States do not have to fill out a self-reliance form, I944. USCIS has removed the firm from its website and system.

Now there will be Clinton-era rules regarding public charges. According to the 1999 Interim Directive, the government will not charge ordinary Medicaid, housing, food stamps, and other food facilities as a determinant of the green card as a public charge.

It has also been clarified that vaccines and treatment against corona are not counted in the public charge.

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