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Hi Everyone, I lost my job due to COVID 19. I qualified for medicaid, but am wondering if I enroll medicaid will affect my fiance. She got her K1 visa, but still waiting for entering US. Thanks!

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Medicaid is considered a public benefit. She won't be able to join medicaid and use it for her I-944. You will have to find her an alternate. In addition, if you take medicaid it may be a heavily weighted negative factor in your case if you're the I-864 sponsor.


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3 hours ago, Pmta1 said:

Medicaid is considered a public benefit. She won't be able to join medicaid and use it for her I-944. You will have to find her an alternate. In addition, if you take medicaid it may be a heavily weighted negative factor in your case if you're the I-864 sponsor.

Thank you so much for your advice. I just took a look of the I-864 form and no insurance information is required there. Will USCIS find my insurance information some other ways?

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If you do not enroll, that'll be a heavily weighted negative whereas not having private healthcare coverage is just a negative. I think it's best if you're able to find a job which provides benefits before filing for the adjustment of status. I don't think it'll be an issue entering the country at this point since she already has her visa and even if you're unable to, shouldn't cause much of an issue considering 40+ million have lost jobs. 

 

https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/policymanual/resources/Appendix-TotalityoftheCircumstancesFramework.pdf

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1 hour ago, Joe88 said:

Thank you so much for your advice. I just took a look of the I-864 form and no insurance information is required there. Will USCIS find my insurance information some other ways?

You may have issues when it comes to the AOS interview.  What is your plan for providing her with insurance?  Look at it from their perspective:  if the USC petitioner needs to use public benefits like Medicaid, then how will they be able to support an immigrant who cannot work in the US for 6-8 months?

 

Do you have a joint sponsor lined up?

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18 minutes ago, Jorgedig said:

You may have issues when it comes to the AOS interview.  What is your plan for providing her with insurance?  Look at it from their perspective:  if the USC petitioner needs to use public benefits like Medicaid, then how will they be able to support an immigrant who cannot work in the US for 6-8 months?

 

Do you have a joint sponsor lined up?

I will get private healthcare coverage for her once she is here. For myself, I am applying for coverage through Covered California.  I guess it's better to decline the Medi-cal and get private health insurance coverage  in that marketplace? The advanced premium tax credit shouldn't be a problem. Right?

 

I don't have a joint sponsor and I think my assets should be able to meet the I-864 requirement. 

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47 minutes ago, VISBIS said:

If you do not enroll, that'll be a heavily weighted negative whereas not having private healthcare coverage is just a negative. I think it's best if you're able to find a job which provides benefits before filing for the adjustment of status. I don't think it'll be an issue entering the country at this point since she already has her visa and even if you're unable to, shouldn't cause much of an issue considering 40+ million have lost jobs. 

 

https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/policymanual/resources/Appendix-TotalityoftheCircumstancesFramework.pdf

Thanks for the info. I will enroll, but was not sure the private health insurance through State marketplace or Medi-cal (California's Medicaid). 

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On 5/28/2020 at 10:21 PM, VISBIS said:

If you do not enroll, that'll be a heavily weighted negative whereas not having private healthcare coverage is just a negative. I think it's best if you're able to find a job which provides benefits before filing for the adjustment of status. I don't think it'll be an issue entering the country at this point since she already has her visa and even if you're unable to, shouldn't cause much of an issue considering 40+ million have lost jobs. 

 

https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/policymanual/resources/Appendix-TotalityoftheCircumstancesFramework.pdf

Based on the document in your link, it will be heavily weighted negative if the applicant use public benefits for more than 12 months in any 36-month period. And it will be "less positive weight" if the sponsor receives public benefits. So, As long as my fiance doesn't use medicaid, it should be OK if I use medicaid for now and switch to private healthcare before filing for the AOS. Is my understanding correct?   

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