President Donald Trump has ordered US consulates to deny entry visas to the country to immigrants without medical insurance or who cannot pay for their health, the White House announced Friday. This is the latest measure that Trump promotes within his strategy to reduce both irregular and legal immigration.
In a proclamation, the President ordered consular officials to require visa applicants to prove they have "the financial resources to pay for medical costs" while in the United States or that "they will be covered by approved medical insurance." The measure must take effect as of November 3.
“While our health care system faces the challenges caused by unpaid medical care, the US Government It is aggravating the problem by admitting thousands of foreigners who have not demonstrated any capacity to pay for their medical expenses, ”Trump said in the proclamation.RELATED
To prove his thesis, the president defended that "the data show that legal immigrants are three times more likely than citizens of the United States to lack health insurance." "Immigrants entering this country should not be a burden to our health system and, consequently, to US taxpayers," he concluded.
In addition to the varied strategies to reduce irregular immigration on the Mexican border, the Trump administration is also focusing on reducing legal migration. On August 12, he presented a regulation that will allow the denial of permanent residence permits in the United States to legal immigrants that the authorities consider have become a “public charge” for the country.
Under this new regulation, a legal immigrant will be defined as “public charge” if he receives “one or more designated public benefits” for more than 12 months in a 36 month period. These public benefits include food assistance, housing assistance or programs that subsidize the high cost of medicines.
Registration will end on November 5 and 55,000 people will be able to apply for the program, where every year visas are given to citizens of other countries distributed in six geographical regions. It is important to clarify that no country should receive more than 7% of the permits available in a year. Compared to last year, Peru was added to the list of participating nations.
To participate in the lottery, you must be a native of a country eligible for the diversity program, have a completed high school level (12 years of education) or its equivalent in other countries. (In the case of Cuba, having finished 12th grade or instead having a work experience in the last five years whose profession or trade requires at least two years of training to complete). Finally, you must have a valid passport number, country of issuance of the passport and expiration date thereof.
The application must be completed in English. An important fact is that only the main applicant must comply with the detailed requirements, that is, it is not necessary that their spouse and children also comply with them. There is no minimum age to access but it is recommended that the applicant be over 18 years old. The form is completed electronically and registration is done only through the official website dvlottery.state.gov.