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Requirements for green card may change under new rules

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Immigration law is a complex legal field that is often in flux and subject to changes from the federal government. Whenever Kentucky residents have questions about their immigration statuses, how to seek residency, problems concerning deportation and removal, or other immigration issues, they should always seek professional guidance from a knowledgeable legal professional. Readers are encouraged to use the information in this post as a starting point to understanding immigration law, but no legal advice should been gleaned from its contents.

Earlier this week, the acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that the federal government intends to implement a "public charge" rule. This rule would make it more difficult for individuals in need or social or public services, or those who may need them in the future, to obtain green cards in the United States. Several states have filed suit against the government over what they view to be a cruel and unfair policy.

The government has argued that the rule would exempt refuges and asylum seekers, and would not retroactively apply to individuals who are in the country. Additionally, the government claims that the purpose of the rule is not to punish those who are financially unstable but to protect the American public from a drain on resources from immigrants who need support.

As litigation over the proposed public charge rule proceeds readers of this blog may see even more changes regarding how green cards and citizenship may be sought in the United States. The best and most up-to-date information on immigration issues can be sought from legal professionals who work in this important field.

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