Information on Public Charge

Last Updated: October 11, 2019

Visas: Ineligibility Based on Public Charge Grounds

On October 11, 2019, the Department published an interim final rule that amends 22 CFR 40.41, Ineligibility Based on Public Charge Grounds, to add certain definitions, including definitions of public charge, public benefit, alien's household, and receipt of public benefit.

Visa applicants are not requested to take any additional steps at this time and should attend their visa interviews as scheduled.  The Department is seeking approval for use of a new form before it implements any changes to our processes. We will inform applicants of any changes to current visa application procedures.