Effective mid-October 2019, another factor will be added in determining whether an applicant can obtain a permanent residency (green card). Among already existing criteria, USCIS will seek information as to the applicant’s use of public benefits in the past, as well as the probability of the applicant’s use of these public benefits in the future. The USCIS will seek copied of applicant’s last three years of tax returns. If the applicant paid health insurance out of pocket, that fact will be in the favor of the applicant. Many people may be affected by this new law and it will be difficult for them to obtain a PR status.
Such benefits include, Medicaid, food stamps, housing assistance, etc. Active duty military members and asylum seekers are not affected by this change.