I-944, Declaration of Self-Sufficiency

ALERT:  On Feb. 21, 2020, the Supreme Court stayed the statewide injunction issued by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois affecting Illinois filers. USCIS will implement the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule nationwide, including in Illinois, on Feb. 24, 2020. USCIS will apply the Final Rule to all applications for adjustment of status, and applications and petitions for extension of nonimmigrant stay or change of nonimmigrant status postmarked (or, if applicable, submitted electronically) on or after that date. For applications and petitions that are sent by commercial courier (for example, UPS, FedEx, or DHL), the postmark date is the date reflected on the courier receipt. USCIS will reject any affected application or petition that does not adhere to the Final Rule, including those submitted by or on behalf of aliens living in Illinois, if postmarked on or after Feb. 24, 2020. 

The Final Rule requires applicants for adjustment of status who are subject to the public charge ground of inadmissibility and certain applicants and petitioners seeking extension of stay and change of status to report certain information related to public benefits. Due to litigation-related delays in the Final Rule’s implementation, USCIS is applying this requirement as though it refers to Feb. 24, 2020, rather than Oct. 15, 2019. Please read all references to Oct. 15, 2019, as though they refer to Feb. 24, 2020

USCIS will not consider, and applicants for adjustment of status do not need to report, the application for, certification or approval to receive, or receipt of certain previously excluded non-cash public benefits (such as SNAP, most forms of Medicaid, and public housing) before Feb. 24, 2020. Similarly, USCIS will not consider as a heavily weighted negative factor receipt of previously included public benefits (such as SSI and TANF) before Feb. 24, 2020, in a public charge inadmissibility determination. 

Certain classes of aliens are exempt from the public charge ground of inadmissibility (such as refugees, asylees, certain VAWA self-petitioners, U petitioners, and T applicants) and therefore, are not subject to the Final Rule.

Read the Final Rule.

Use this form to demonstrate that you are not inadmissible based on the public charge ground (INA section 212(a)(4)). You must file this form if you are filing Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, and you are subject to the public charge ground of inadmissibility. Please see the instructions for Form I-944 to see if you are subject to the public charge ground of inadmissibility. 

Certain classes of aliens (such as refugees, asylees, petitioners under the federal Violence Against Women Act, and certain T and U visa applicants) are exempt from the public charge ground of inadmissibility and therefore are not subject to the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule. For more information about the classes of aliens who are exempt from the final rule, please see the USCIS Policy Manual.  

Do NOT use this form if you live in Illinois. The final rule is subject to an injunction from a federal court in Illinois. For more information, see our webpage on the status of the public charge rule in Illinois.

Do NOT submit this form before Feb. 24, 2020.

Number of Pages

Form 18; Instructions 16.

Edition Date

10/15/19. The edition date is at the bottom of every page on the form and instructions.

Dates are listed in mm/dd/yy format.

Where to File

File Form I-944 together with your Form I-485. Go to the Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, page to see where you should file your application.

Go to our Form Filing Tips page for information on how to help ensure that we will accept your application.

Additional Information for Completing Your Form:

Don’t forget to sign your form! We will reject any unsigned form.

Filing Fee

$0

Special Instructions

The Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule requires applicants for adjustment of status who are subject to the public charge ground of inadmissibility to report certain information related to public benefits. The form instructions for Form I-944 require the applicant to report and submit information about whether the alien applied for, was certified or approved to receive, or received certain non-cash public benefits on or after Oct. 15, 2019. See page 9 of the form instructions. Due to litigation-related delays in the final rule’s implementation, USCIS is applying this requirement as though it refers to Feb. 24, 2020, rather than Oct. 15, 2019. In other words, aliens subject to the public charge ground of inadmissibility need not report the application, certification or approval to receive, or receipt of certain non-cash public benefits on the Form I-944 before Feb. 24, 2020. Please read all references to Oct. 15, 2019, as though they refer to Feb. 24, 2020.

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