Do you have a close relative in another country who you wish to have join
you in the United States? If so, that is wonderful news.
immigration law, in order for a person to immigrate to the U.S. based on a relative
petition, he or she is required to have a “financial sponsor,”
which may be you.
If you desire to financially sponsor your family member’s immigration,
you will need to file a Form I-130,
Petition for Alien Relative. When you file this form, you will have to agree to financially sponsor
Also, when it’s time for your loved one to immigrate, you will need
to file an affidavit of support.
Even if you do not have the income to support your relative, you still
need to file a Form I-864,
Affidavit of Support, and you have to accept responsibility for finding someone else who meets
the income requirements, and who are willing to financially support your
relative and file an affidavits of support.
What is the reason for the affidavit of support?
The purpose of the affidavit of support is to ensure that new immigrants
have a means for support when they come to the United States, and that
they won’t have to apply for public benefits, such as food stamps,
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Medicaid etc.
Please note that if you file an affidavit of support for a relative, and
he or she becomes a permanent resident and at a later date they receive
certain public benefits, you could be required to repay the agency that
provided them with benefits. So, this is something to think about.
About Affidavits of Support
Who needs to have an affidavit of support? Essentially, anyone who applies
to become a permanent resident through one of their family members; these
individuals are required to have a financial sponsor.
If you file a petition sponsoring your relative’s immigration, you
must file the affidavit of support. If you do not file the affidavit,
your sponsorship will be incomplete, and your family member will not be
allowed to immigrate based on the petition that you filed.
To financially sponsor a relative,
contact a Plano immigration attorney from our firm for assistance!