I-944, Affidavit of Self Sufficiency
A few months ago, USCIS required any individual applying for permanent residency (green card) to complete an additional lengthy form called I-944, Declaration of Self-Sufficiency. The alleged purpose of this form was to ensure that said individual (beneficiary) seeking permanent residency would be able to financially support themselves and not become a “public charge” (someone who uses government-funded benefits) in the future, such as requesting food stamps, etc..
I was of the position that this form is useless since the American citizen sponsor is required to provide proof of income, on behalf of the beneficiary, and swear to take care of the beneficiary so that they do not become a public charge.
Fortunately, USCIS recently changed it’s position. Applicants and petitioners whose applications are postmarked on or after July 29, 2020, should not include the Form I-944 when applying to adjust their status.