I-944, Declaration of Self-Sufficiency

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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