+1-800-997-1228
Questions & Answers

How could applying for Medicaid impact my pending I-829 application?

My I-829 application has been pending for several years and I have been renewing the I-551 stamp every year to maintain my permanent residency status. Recently, I left my former job and went back to school. Since I do not have health insurance from employers anymore, I am thinking about applying for Medicaid for a short term only to cover the period I am in school. Will applying Medicaid impact my chances of getting I-829 approved in the future?

Answers

  • Avatar

    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Based on your unique facts, it can be successfully argued that being on temporary Medicaid will not serve as a stumbling block for securing I-829 approval. However, it is advisable you should check with the right agency whether you qualify in the first place. The basic requirement for qualification is that a Medicaid applicant must meet the guidelines under the Affordable Health Act which is based on the calculation of the Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI). Advisably consult a Medicaid expert who can help evaluate whether you meet the MAGI standard. The plan by the administration to change Medicaid and other government-supported programs under the public charge rule as it relates to immigrants remains in limbo as it has been suspended by a host of federal courts. In addition, besides Medicaid, consider signing up for any of the student health insurance programs in your school as an alternative or backup insurance plan.

  • Avatar

    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    The public charge rules, that have been enjoined, and it applies to a person applying for permanent residence. You are already a permanent resident.

  • Avatar

    Belma Chinchoy

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    The "public charge" law is on hold for now. It is proposed scope does not affect CPR status or naturalization applications, but it is not clear how this will move forward. As a side note, as a full-time student, you have access to subsidized health insurance through your school, which you likely can afford.

  • Avatar

    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    I would look for a private insurance option rather than Medicaid.

Add your comment

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment.