Camila Morsch

Date of Award


Degree Name

Political Science


College of Liberal Arts

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Daniel S. Masters

Second Advisor

Marybeth Beller

Third Advisor

Robert Behrman


This paper provides an empirical examination of how the Likely to Become a Public Charge Clause (LPCC) is used in the American visa issuance process. This work covers literature on the logic and usage of the LPCC since the late 1800’s to present, suggesting administrative use of the LPCC expands according to different circumstances beyond its intended purposes. The quantitative portion of this work evaluates the use of the LPCC (for both immigrant applicant and nonimmigrant applicant populations) from 1966 to 2002 to ascertain the effect of economic and security conditions on the use of the LPCC. Applied Statistical Logistic Transformation and Regression techniques support the hypothesized relationship between the use of the LPCC and the terrorism-related variable for the non-immigrant applicant population at the 0.03 level of significance. Descriptive time-series techniques indicate co-variance between the use of the LPCC and unemployment rate for the immigrant applicant sample.


Visas -- United States.

Emigration and immigration law.