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Boundless Immigration Launches Public Charge Risk Estimator
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Interactive Tool Helps Immigrants Estimate Their Risk of Green Card Denial Under New Public Charge Rule

SEATTLE, Oct. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Today, Boundless Immigration announced the launch of its Public Charge Risk Estimator. Developed in partnership with UnidosUS, the largest Latino non-profit advocacy organization in the U.S., the Public Charge Risk Estimator simulates the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) and State Department public charge test to help green card applicants estimate their risk of denial under the new public charge rule.

The public charge rule, designed to reduce legal immigration, is expected to impact more than one million green card applicants within the United States each year, plus millions more abroad. Under the new rule, the U.S. Government will judge green card applicants based on a complex set of criteria, such as medical history, credit score, English proficiency, and use of public benefits, to determine whether they are likely to rely on government support. This will effectively double the minimum income required for green card eligibility, which could lead to over 50 percent of all family-based green card applications being denied. Moreover, the rule creates uncertainty for millions of current green card holders.

"This rule is another example of the government adding unnecessary complexity into the immigration system in order to dissuade families from applying legally due to the significant new burden." said Boundless CEO, Xiao Wang. "We developed the Public Charge Risk Estimator to help individual immigrants determine whether and how they are likely to be impacted by the new criteria."

"Reports have confirmed that immigrants do not use excessive public benefits, so this policy is a solution to a problem that doesn't actually exist. While the vast majority of visa applicants are likely not affected by the rule, there is understandable confusion among the Latino community," said UnidosUS Senior Immigration Legislative Analyst, Laura Vazquez. "This tool is a practical, accessible way for immigrants to determine if they need legal assistance in applying for a green card."

On October 11, the Trump administration's "public charge" rule was hit with a temporary injunction preventing the policy from going into effect on October 15 as originally proposed.

To learn more about the Public Charge Risk Estimator, updates on the public charge rule, or how Boundless is helping immigrants, visit http://www.boundless.com.

About Boundless Immigration
Boundless helps immigrants and their families navigate the immigration system more confidently, rapidly, and affordably. We are a team of immigrants and experts who have struggled with our own journeys through the complex, high-stakes U.S. immigration system. Just like millions of other families, we've had to choose between paying thousands of dollars in legal fees or spending months trying to figure out how to do everything ourselves. We knew there had to be a better way. That's what we're building, after hundreds of conversations with families, immigration lawyers, and government officials - a trusted partner and guide for your immigration journey.

SOURCE Boundless Immigration



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