The Form I-944 relating to Trump’s “new” requirements on the public charge has been required for most adjustment of status filings, then not required, and all over the place in between due to ongoing federal litigation for most of 2020. We last wrote about it in August, when it was announced that it was not required.
On September 11th, 2020 a federal court in the Second Circuit decided that USCIS could implement the Form I-944 nationwide. However, following that court decision, the Form I-944 was not on the USCIS website, and USCIS had not issued any revised instructions about whether the Form I-944 was required or not. That left applicants and their well-meaning attorneys in limbo, not knowing whether to submit the form or not.
As of September 22, 2020, we have some clarity from USCIS (though it’s not the instructions we wanted):
The Form I-944 (and required supporting documentation) is one of the most complex immigration forms out there, in our opinion. If you need help navigating this process with confidence, please contact us today to get the process underway! We are immigration lawyers in Richmond, VA but we serve clients throughout the US and around the world. You can call us at 804-396-3412 or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.