top of page

"Public Charge Rule" Blocked by Federal Judge from Taking Effect on October 15th, 2019

Updated: Oct 14, 2019

The Southern District of New York has just become the first U.S. Court to prevent the Trump administration from enforcing the "Public Charge Rule", which had been scheduled to take effect on Tuesday October 15, 2019. The New York litigation is one of several that are pending in various courts across the country. One of the arguments put forward by attorneys in the New York litigation was that the new rule targeted minorities and would cause them to suffer irreparable harm.

Throughout this week, immigration attorneys had been scrambling to respond to a roll out of new forms that were only published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security yesterday, i.e. Thursday October 10, 2019. These forms were to be used with the submission of almost every U.S. permanent resident application submitted after the upcoming Columbus Day holiday.

This preliminary injunction by the Southern District of New York maintains the status quo and ought to serve as a clear signal to the Executive branch that the U.S. remains a nation of laws, and proper procedures still need to be followed by every branch of government. This is a small but important victory to people whose lives would have been profoundly affected if this rule took effect on schedule. Here are some of the available news articles on this developing story:

We assist countless foreign nationals and we will be happy to personally assist you with your application as well. Drop us a line at or call us at (888)354-6257. For reasons on why you should consult an immigration attorney whenever you have an immigration issue, see our page titled: Reasons Why it is Vital to Use an Immigration Lawyer.



bottom of page