When to Update USCIS Poverty Guidelines?

Each year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) releases poverty guidelines in the Federal Register to be used by other agencies in determining how applicants can be eligible for certain government programs and/or benefits. The poverty guidelines are derived by HHS from data that is compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau. More importantly, for our immigration practitioners, the U.S. Poverty Guidelines are a critical resource in overcoming certain family-based adjustment applications, and most recently, in demonstrating qualifications for a fee exemption for individuals who may request for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivers (DREAMers).

USCIS keeps an updated poverty guideline handy on its website for the public. It’s updated when HHS updates its annual guidelines. One of the challenges of keeping updated on resources of this nature is continually having to monitor the updates.

Does your organization keep up to date on resources of this nature? How much time do you spend doing so? How do you know when it’s updated?

EDGE users, on the other hand, benefit from a having a central repository for important “Links and Resources” in which to refer to important data like the poverty guidelines that is updated regularly. Other resources include valuable links to commonly referenced sites from USCIS, DOL, DOS, and more, that are critical for immigration processing.  Having a central repository saves time and helps to keep all resources consistent and accurate. EDGE users should check out what other resources are available at their fingertips, all for free. Not an EDGE user? Find out more about the EDGE Immigration Software.