Following a nationwide injunction issued by a federal judge temporarily blocking Public Charge inadmissibility from being enforced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Department of State (“DOS”) will be updating its guidance to consular officers on how to proceed while the injunction remains in effect. In the interim, DOS will not be requiring visa applicants to submit a DS 5540 Public Charge Questionnaire. Visa applicants are further requested not to take any additional steps at this time and should proceed for interviews as scheduled.

Immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applicants in East and Southeast Asia who have questions on the temporary injunction and Public Charge inadmissibility may contact us at and speak with a U.S. immigration attorney based in Ho Chi Minh City, Manila and Taipei.

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