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WASHINGTON, Oct 5, (AP): Immigrants applying for US visas will be denied entry into the country unless they can prove they can afford healthcare, according to a proclamation signed Friday by President Donald Trump. The new rule applies to people seeking immigrant visas from abroad – not those in the US already. It does not affect lawful permanent residents. It does not apply to asylum seekers, refugees or children. But it would apply to the spouses and parents of US citizens. That could have an impact on families who are trying to bring their parents to the US.
The proclamation says immigrants will be barred from entering the country unless they are to be covered by health insurance within 30 days of entering or have enough financial resources to pay for any medical costs. The measure will be effective Nov. 3. The Trump administration is trying to move away from a familybased immigration system and into a merit-based system, and Friday’s proclamation is another effort to limit immigrant access to public programs.
The Trump administration earlier this year made sweeping changes to regulations that would deny green cards to immigrants who use some forms of public assistance. The White House also directed officials to recover income-based welfare payments from sponsors, and proposed a rule requiring verification of immigration status for anyone seeking access to public housing benefits.