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by on May 26, 2020
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To check the financial stability of intending migrants, US immigration officials will now be implementing a ‘wealth test’ – based on age, income, education, health, and other assets. Those who do not pass the test are likely to rely on government benefits, and will be denied entry. Immigrants already living in the USA – who have availed government benefits for 12 months within the preceding 36 months – may also be impacted by this rule.

Previously, immigrants who were likely to need government welfare were barred from entering the USA. According to the new rule, even those who are likely to avail non-cash benefits such as food aid or healthcare assistance are not allowed in the USA. Additionally, the minimum annual salary requirement for a family of four has been increased from $32,000 to $60,000.

The new rule does not apply to:

• Victims of crimes who are helping US officials, asylum seekers, and refugees.

• Individuals under 21 years of age, who are seeking emergency medical care, disaster relief and healthcare, and school lunch subsidies.

• People who applied for residence prior to 24th February 2020.

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