Immigrants may need good credit to stay in the U.S.

A high credit score can be the key to a better financial life.

But for new immigrants, it may soon unlock the door to becoming a U.S. citizen, now that a Supreme Court ruling will allow the government to start using aspects of an immigrant’s financial life to determine citizenship.

Those applying for citizenship have long had to show they have the financial means to take care of themselves. But in August 2019, the Trump administration unveiled a new rule that would deny permanent legal status to those deemed to be a public charge – a person dependent upon the government for their welfare.

The rule, titled Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds, was slated to go into effect Oct. 15, 2019, but temporary injunctions issued by several federal courts kept it from going forward as legal challenges were heard.

But on Jan. 27, 2020, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to lift the nationwide injunction, giving the government the OK to move forward with the public charge rule even as legal challenges continue to play out. Only in the state of Illinois is the public charge rule still placed on hold, as a statewide injunction is in effect there…Read more>>