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I-944: The Complete Guide (Free)

Immigration Attorney Atlanta Jameel Manji author 1Author: Jameel Manji, Founder, Manji Law, P.C.

Mr. Manji founded Manji Law in 2016 to follow his passion of helping people navigate the complicated immigration system. Mr. Manji graduated from Georgia State University College of Law and received Master of Taxation from the Georgia State’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. Published on: September 23, 2019, Last Updated on: October 19, 2019.

USCIS form I-944 is the ”Declaration of Self-Sufficiency” and may be required of all non-exempt people who file for adjustment of immigration status. This form and the corresponding Public Charge rule were expected to be put into effect as of October 15, 2019. 

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I-944 Changes and Updates

The complex field of immigration law just got a bit more complicated with the debate around the Public Charge rule and the corresponding I-944 Form. On September 21, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security introduced one of the most significant changes to the “public charge” rule in almost 20 years. If applied in the present form, the suggested guidelines will decrease the number of immigrants admissible to the U.S. or the amount of those who can have their stay extended due to a potential inability to support themselves. 

This change was expected to go into effect as of October 15, 2019. However, several parties have objected and/or issued injunctions. One such party is Judge George B. Daniels of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Judge Daniels filed a preliminary injunction which has, for the time being, blocked the changes to the public charge rule from going into effect. 

Despite this, it’s possible that the changes will go through and the new Form I-944 may be required of many hopeful immigrants. Although most individuals who will be required to submit this document are accustomed to jumping through hoops, this lengthy application would best be explained by a qualified immigration attorney, such as those from Manji Law

I-944 Declaration of Self Sufficiency

The I-944 Declaration of Self Sufficiency form shows that an entering or remaining individual is not likely to become one requiring public assistance. Those requesting Immigration Services from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may be required to prove that they will not burden the American tax-payers. This new regulation goes into effect on October 15th, 2019.

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I944 Declaration Form

For some candidates, it would be compulsory to submit the 1944 form; however, for some, it is optional and only needed if requested. According to the USCIS, anyone requesting an extension or a change of status who require an I-485 form must also fill out an I-944. With any new regulation, it is a good idea to seek advice from an immigration attorney to file appropriately.

Anyone who is thought to be likely to file for public services as specified in DHS rule 212.21 (b) may be affected.

If you are obtaining a migration benefit with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), you may need to demonstrate that you are not most likely to become a public charge under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) area 212 (a)(4). A “public charge” refers to a person that receives any of the public benefits defined in 8 CFR 212.21( b). 

An unusual inadmissible based on the general public charge grounds means an alien that is likely any time in the future to receive one or much more public advantages as defined in 212.21 (b) based upon the completeness of the alien’s conditions. 

If you are applying for an expansion of stay or modification of status by submitting Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Condition, or if a petitioner is looking for to expand your nonimmigrant keep or transform your nonimmigrant condition by submitting Form I-129, Application for a Nonimmigrant Employee, or Form I-129CW, Application for a CNMI-Only Nonimmigrant Transitional Worker, this form might be requested as part of the effort to figure out whether you are likely to receive public benefits.

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Form I-944 New Information

Given the injunction and delay on this rule going into effect, the last variation of the USCIS Form I-944 has not yet been released. However, the updated draft variations are released as they occur. This is a 19-page application that requires a variety of data like the following:

  • Age
  • Household information
  • Health
  • Property
  • Earnings
  • Credit rating, etc.

A draft version of Form I-944, Declaration of Self-Sufficiency is available online. Contact an Atlanta immigration lawyer for the latest information and assistance filling out forms like the I-944 and I-765 (typically known as the work permit application).

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I-944 Form

The I-944 Form is an extremely prolonged application consisting of 19 pages of detailed information. For all supporting files, you need to send legible copies or originals, if requested, for evaluation. The files need to be in English, as well. So, an interpreter may be required.

The Declaration of Self-Sufficiency instructions can be found by clicking the link.

I-944 Form Immigration Information

There are many pieces of additional information required when you fill out your I-944 form for immigration. These include, but are not excluded to the following:

  • Name, address, date of birth, citizenship, alien registration number, and place of birth
  • Names, date of birth, and relationship to you for every member of the household
  • Information for the entire household income including name, status of tax filing, tax year, total income from tax return
  • Household Assets Information like checking and savings account balances, cash, stocks, and retirement accounts, etc.
  • Appraisal and cash value of the real estate holdings
  • Household Liabilities like mortgages, car loans, or personal loans
  • Credit Score Report
  • Bankruptcy Details if relevant
  • Health Insurance and Premium Tax Credits Obamacare 
  • Public Benefits Used like SSI, TANF, Food Stamps, etc.
  • Education and Skills 
  • Occupational Skills and Licenses
  • Certification of English and Other Language Skills
  • Retirement details if necessary
  • Interpreter details if necessary
  • Authorization for USCIS to verify with Credit Reporting agency and Govt entities like Social Security, U.S. Dept of Health, HUD, etc. 
  • Declaration that all documents are copies from the originals
  • Signature

You can attach any additional information not specified to your I-944. You may also need to submit biometrics and an interview at a USCIS office. An attorney experienced with immigration forms like the I-485 and the I-944 can offer more specific advice.


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When processing your I-944 USCIS form, officials will take a look at all the facts, such as the candidate’s age, health, household info, possessions that they have, monetary status, level of education, and so on to determine eligibility. 

When completing a form like the I-944 or dealing with any immigration or USCIS Atlanta issue, it can be helpful to have an attorney by your side. Experienced immigration lawyers like those at Manji Law know what it takes to get legal status in the U.S. and will advocate for you and your family. 

USCIS Form I-944

Contact Manji Law to navigate the current changing rules regarding the USCIS Form I-944. As this is a new ordinance, it is less likely for an average individual to find the most current information in an easy to understand format online. Plus, with as detailed as it is, it may require that extra help a qualified professional can provide.


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