October 06, 2016

When applicants seek lawful admission into the U.S. with a non-immigrant status, they are required to prove that they do not have any conditions of inadmissibility, including economic grounds such as becoming a public charge. Public schools in the U.S. are funded by public funds, students in these schools inadvertently benefit from public funding. If a tourist visa holder attend a public school in the U.S. USCIS may construe this use of public funds as becoming a public charge and deny future visa applications. Tourist visa holders might need to show that the public school in the U.S. has been reimbursed for the full, unsubsidized per capita cost of the education as calculated by the school. If a student attends a public school where this showing is not possible or unpractical, it may jeopardize future visa applications. 

Remzi Guvenc Kulen Esq. 

Kulen Law Firm, P.C.