US President Donald Trump’s administration is making it more difficult for poorer legal migrants to get extensions to their visas or gain permanent resident status with a green card.
The rule targets migrants who rely on public benefits such as food aid or public housing, for more than a year, the BBC is reporting.
Their applications will be rejected if the government decides they are likely to rely on public assistance in future, it is being reported.
Officials said this rule change would reinforce “ideals of self-sufficiency.”
The new regulation, known as the “public charge rule” was published in the Federal Register on Monday and will come into effect on October 15, 2019.