According to a recently released news by New York Times, visa applicants without a healthcare insurance or financial resource for medical care will be denied US visas.
This decision was announced on Friday in the White House, as a latest move by President to undermine legal immigration.
With effect from November 3, candidates without a medical insurance or financial resources for healthcare will face a difficult time in applying for the US permanent residency.
“The United States government is making the problem worse by admitting thousands of aliens who have not demonstrated any ability to pay for their health care costs,” Mr. Trump wrote.
“Immigrants who enter this country should not further saddle our health care system, and subsequently American taxpayers, with higher costs,” he added further.
According to a White House official, this president’s proclamation has been in the works for several months and shall be introduced primarily for immigrants who are keen to join their families in the United States. Asylum seekers, refugees and students willing to study in the United States will be exempted from this law.
It is believed that immigrant visas are a key to obtaining a US Green Card whose paperwork is being processed abroad. With this policy coming into action, people seeking for such visas would be asked to show how they intend to manage their healthcare expenses within a 30 days’ time after arriving in the United States. They can do so by showing a healthcare insurance coverage or a job offer or a coverage under a relative’s insurance.
If they fail to prove this aspect to a satisfactory level, their visa will be denied. The White House official also stated that the State Department shall develop standard rules that consular officials will adhere to in making the determination.
Thousands of people annually would be denied green cards if the executive order takes effect, said Steve Yale-Loehr, an immigration scholar at Cornell Law School.
“President Trump has failed to build a physical wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to deter illegal immigrants.” “But he has effectively built an invisible wall to keep out legal immigrants,” he added.
Stephen Miller, the President’s top immigration adviser also have proposed initiatives that would consider the financial burdens caused by immigrants. After years of efforts, the administration issued a regulation in August (which shall come into effect from October 15) which would deny PR status to legal immigrants who are poor.
This policy is known as the public charge rule. If an immigrant visa holder is unable to pay for healthcare or seek food and housing assistance, they would be officially declared as a burden on society and denied visas.
Source: The New York Times