IMPORTANT UPDATE — MARCH 9, 2021: Both the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) public charge rule and the Department of State (DOS) public charge policy are currently not in effect. The DHS rule was halted on March 9, 2021, while the DOS policy was paused indefinitely on July 29, 2020. This page reflects those policies, which initially took effect on Feb. 24, 2020, and will not be immediately updated according to the previous, longstanding guidance issued in 1999. Learn more.
Submitting proof of education is a relatively new requirement under a policy known as the “public charge rule.” It is not yet clear which documents U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) places more value on. Green card applicants should provide evidence of all degrees or certifications received, including transcripts, diplomas, degrees, and trade profession certificates. If the applicant cannot locate evidence of education completed, they should provide an explanation and if possible, a letter from the educational institution attended. Check out our detailed guide about getting a credential evaluation and common questions.