This new form has been introduced as part of the government push to reduce immigration from poorer countries. I have created two videos, one that explains how the DS-5540 will be used to assess your risk of becoming a public charge, and the other to show how to complete the form.

Please take some time to learn about this new and important form. I expect it to become very widely used – so you should ASSUME you will be asked to complete it – and ideally take it already completed to the interview.

Useful links

9 FAM 302.8

DS-5540 form

Federal Poverty Guidelines