USCIS Removes August 2019 Public Charge Regulations From CFR

March 19, 2021 Anne Walsh

USCIS will restore text regarding the Public Charge Rule to the version issued before August 2019

What are the Changes?

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has removed Public Charge regulations that were issued in August 2019 from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The final rule has an effective date of March 9, 2021.

What Should Employers and Applicants Know?

With the regulatory text in the CFR now restored to the original version issued before August 2019, the 2019 Public Charge Rule no longer has a legal effect.

A public comment period will not accompany the publication of the agency’s final rule.


Envoy and Global Immigration Associates (GIA) have been closely following changes to the 2019 Public Charge Rule, which has been heavily litigated since its implementation. It was enjoined and vacated by lower courts, impacted residents of certain states differently, appealed to U.S. Courts of Appeals and eventually the U.S. Supreme Court, and finally not defended by the Biden administration. In the end, on account of the Department of Homeland Security refusing to defend appeals seeking to undo lower court injunctions of the rule, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois’s order vacating the 2019 Public Charge Rule nationwide went into effect. Envoy and GIA will continue to provide updates on the Public Charge Rule as needed.


Envoy is pleased to provide you this information, which was prepared in collaboration with Anne Walsh, who is a Partner at Global Immigration Associates, P.C. (, Envoy’s affiliated law firm.

Content in this publication is not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an Envoy-affiliated attorney or another qualified professional.

About the Author

Anne is a Partner with Global Immigration Associates. In this role, she provides counsel for companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500 corporations and their foreign national employees. Anne’s practice focuses on obtaining visas and employment-based green cards in all categories; immigration compliance arising from corporate changes, such as reorganizations and restructuring; and office relocations and company immigration policies and best practices. She also has extensive experience preparing and reviewing business immigration filings, requests for further evidence and appeals, and in researching and analyzing immigration statutes, policy and procedure. Anne works with clients in several industries, including software, cloud technology, manufacturing and electronics. In addition to her employment-based practice, Anne provides counsel for individuals pursuing visas and green cards through family relationships.

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