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Trump's new immigration rule: what is known and who does not apply

The new immigration rule of US President Donald Trump has already caused much controversy. It has not yet entered into force. Edition Ogletree deakins сообщает about the features of this innovation.

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In accordance with the rule proposed by U.S. President Donald Trump on October 4 on October 2019, the U.S. Department of State will begin issuing immigrant visas only to those foreign nationals who will have health insurance, or to those who can prove the availability of funds to cover their own medical expenses.

When does the change take effect?

The new requirement will enter into force on November 3 of 2019.

Who does this affect?

The new health insurance requirement applies to foreign nationals who apply for an immigrant visa at a US consulate. The requirement does not apply to:

  • foreign citizens with a valid immigrant visa issued before 3 November 2019 year;
  • Foreign nationals applying for status adjustments in the United States;
  • children of US citizens;
  • non-immigrant visa applicants (H-1B, L-1, etc.);
  • asylum seekers or refugees.

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What is changing?

Before a consular officer can decide or issue an immigrant visa, a foreign applicant must confirm that he or she will be “covered by approved health insurance” within 30 days after entering the United States, or demonstrate that he or she has “financial resources” to pay your "medical expenses".

Approved health insurance includes (but is not limited to):

  • employer-sponsored insurance plans;
  • unsubsidized health plans (subsidized plans under the Affordable Care Act do not meet the criteria);
  • Medicare
  • short-term, time-limited plans;
  • travel health insurance plans;
  • catastrophe insurance;
  • family member insurance.

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What does all this mean in practice?

Under the rule, the Department of State may establish standards and procedures to determine who qualifies for health insurance. Until this happens, it is not clear what documents applicants will require for an immigrant health insurance visa or what types of training consular workers will receive to determine their decisions.

As ForumDaily wrote earlier:

  • President Donald Trump signed a decree banning immigrants from entering the countryunable to pay the cost of their health care. Immigrants must have the necessary financial means upon entry into the country or guarantee that they will receive health insurance no later than 30 days from their arrival in the United States.

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