What is the Form I-944 at the Marriage Interview?

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The Form I-944 at the marriage interview is a new form implemented by the DHS on February 24, 2020. Sadly, the form has a basic goal: making immigration harder for mid and low-income immigrants. How?  It hardens the public charge test as it asks for new details to evaluate five factors of potential inadmissibility:

  • Age
  • Health
  • Household size
  • Financial resources
  • Education and skills

While it is our fervent hope that with continued advocacy, Form I-944 will be relegated to the dustbin of history where it belongs, for now – we have to deal with it. Hence, in this article, we will explain what the Form I-944 at the Marriage Interview is about.

What is the purpose of form I-944?

The government designed the I-944 form to collect more information about the factors just mentioned. Thus, it will increase the scrutiny over the assessment of public charge. Still, an I-864 affidavit of support must be filed, just as always, but the new rules reduce its importance.

Hence, the Form I-944 at the Marriage Interview is now at the center of green card applications. It is one of the vital pieces of evidence to decide if a green card applicant is admissible based on public charge. This is especially true on Form I-944 at the Marriage Interview cases.

Its goal is to determine if an immigrant is likely to use public benefits for more than 12 months in 36 months. Yet, this an in aggregate test. Thus, using two benefits at the same time for six months, or four benefits for three months, would count as 12 months.

Who needs to file a USCIS I-944 form?

Almost all adjustment of status applicants must submit an immigration I-944 form. If applying from abroad, you’ll be assessed under the public charge base, but you won’t need to fill the form, not even the form I-944 at the marriage interview.

However, some are exempt from the public charge ground. For example, asylum seekers and certain other applicants don’t need to file an I-944. (Not sure whether it applies to you? Call us!)

Completing Form I-944

The form is long. We advise you to take a deep breath and be patient. You’ll need to provide detailed info about your financial situation. It has nine parts:

1: Information about you

2: Family status

3: Your and your household’s assets and financial status

4: Education and skills

5: Statement, contact info, and signature

6-8: Information about translator or who helped you fill the form (if applicable)

9: Additional information (if applicable)

Where to send Form I-944?

Youshould send it with your Form I-485 and all supporting documents. Further, you can see the direct filing addresses here. Keep in mind: the address may vary depending on the procedural posture of your case. Don’t get rejected! Call us with any questions – we’re here to help!

What happens after you file? What questions might be asked at the Form I-944 Marriage Interview?

A USCIS official will review your entire application. Again, the I-944 isn’t the only element – but it’s one of the most critical. Thus, in the interview, the officer will review the I-944 after the I-485 with the applicant. It is important to bring:

  • Updated bank statements
  • Paystubs
  • W-2
  • IRS transcripts
  • Proof of current health insurance

The officer will ask many questions. However, there is no pre-determined set of questions. Thus, they will depend on the application. Some questions might be:

  • Do you own the house where you live?
  • Do you live by yourself? Who lives with you? Are you in a relationship?
  • Have you ever applied for public benefits?
  • Do you have health insurance?
  • Do you have your IRS transcripts and owe any money to the IRS?
  • What is your highest level of education completed? When did you graduate?
  • Do you have any plans for further studies?
  • What are your plans? What type of work do you intend to continue?

Does it guard any relationship with the IRS Form 944?

With so many government forms, it’s easy to get lost. Yet, no. The USCIS Form I-944 doesn’t have to do anything with the IRS Form 944.

The adjustment of status process is harder than it needs to be. Thus, now more than ever, you need an expert helping hand guiding you. Let us help you with your green card application process, and drive your case forward.

Reach out to us by jumping on a call, or filling our contact form!

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