New Public Charge Rule: USCIS and DOS Guidance and Forms - Recording (.MP3)

New Public Charge Rule: USCIS and DOS Guidance and Forms - Recording (.MP3)

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Recorded 03/23/2020
02:00 PM (ET)
CLE Eligible No
Length 90 min.
Format Web Seminar
SKU WS2020-03-23-DL

Adjustment of status (AOS) immigrant visa applicants beware! On February 24, 2020, USCIS began requiring a new form when applying: the "I-944 Declaration of Self-Sufficiency." Likewise, consulates abroad will now be using an equivalent form: the "DS-5540, Public Charge Questionnaire." Our expert faculty will examine these forms and the new public charge rule in depth, making this seminar a must for anyone practicing in this area.

Featured Topics

  • Brief Overview and History of USCIS Public Charge
  • How Do the Two Agencies Interpret This Ground?
  • How Will USCIS and DOS Use Forms I-944 and DS-5540 to Determine Public Charge Inadmissibility?
  • Get Ready to Dig Deep: Additional Information and Documentation Required
  • What's Your Time Worth? An Estimate of the Time Required to Complete the New Forms
Due to the late-breaking nature of the program and jurisdictional requirements, CLE credit is not available for this seminar.


Charles Wheeler (DL), AILA Author, Affidavits of Support: A Practitioner's Guide/Provisional Waivers: A Practitioner’s Guide, 3rd Ed./AILA’s Focus on the Child Status Protection Act, 3rd Ed., Oakland, CA

Charles Wheeler is the director of Training and Legal support at Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). He has authored several books on family-based immigration law and is a frequent trainer on this topic. He received his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law (1976).

Jorge Gavilanes, Atlanta, GA

Jorge Gavilanes is a partner at Kuck Baxter Immigration, LLC, in Atlanta, GA. He is the current vice chair for the AILA Georgia-Alabama Chapter and currently serves on the AILA National USCIS Field Operations Liaison Committee. Jorge is a graduate of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.

Kara A. Hart, West Hartford, CT

Kara Hart is the owner and founder of Law Office of Kara Hart LLC. She is a past chair of the AILA Connecticut Chapter and serves as the chair of Connecticut on AILA's Statewide Advocacy Committee. Ms. Hart received an M.A. from New York University and her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law.


The speaker's/author's views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided are based on the speaker's/author's experiences and the current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and experiences may differ from your own.