USCIS Removes August 2019 Public Charge Regulations From CFR

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

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.