After a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on January 27, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security can now implement its new rule relating to the “public charge” ground of inadmissibility. DHS announced that the rule will go into effect on February 24, 2020, requiring many Form I-485 applications for permanent resident (“green card”) status in the U.S. to include the new Form I-944, Declaration of Self-Sufficiency, which requests detailed financial and household information for applicants, allowing USCIS to determine whether or not the applicant is likely to become a public charge (i.e., to require public assistance in order to meet basic needs) in the future. Read more about the new rule here and contact our office at 207-775-6371 for further details on how this may affect your application process.