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I-864 Affidavit of Support: If I am working and not earning a lot, or if I am not working at all, Can I Still Sponsor My Family Member for a Green Card?

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Family-based immigration programs and some employment-based immigration situations include guidelines for ensuring that sponsors are financially able to support their beneficiary. 

 While this rule was intended to protect the United States from an overwhelming number of people needing public assistance, it also provides a safety net for those making their way across the border into the United States as they adjust or if they fall on hard times. 

What Is an affidavit of support?

The I-864 is a binding contract between the sponsor and the United States government. That means that the sponsor has legal obligations to the government and to the beneficiary.

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Who can provide an affidavit of support?

However, if you want to sponsor beneficiaries but your income based on your household size is too low to automatically qualify under the federal poverty guidelines, you have options. You can:

If you are including other household members’ incomes in your petition, you will need to submit evidence of their income. If you are including yours or other household members’ assets, you can include savings accounts, stocks, bonds, or even property you own. As long as your assets can be converted into cash within a year, there is a good chance your assets will count. You can even count personal autos that you own, as long as you can prove it is not your primary vehicle. 

If using assets to prove that you are financially capable of being a sponsor, you should verify that your assets meet some additional requirements. The total net value of assets, not including any liens against them, usually must be to equal five times the difference between the sponsor’s income and the required income based on the 125% rule, though there are some exceptions.

What is a joint I-864 sponsor?

Up to two joint sponsors may be used, which generally happens when there is a primary petitioner for a family unit but two joint sponsors are needed to meet the income requirements. In these cases, one joint sponsor may be used for some of the family members while the second joint sponsor is used for the others.

How do I fill out the I-864 joint sponsor application?

Do I need an affidavit of support?

All immigrants seeking a green card that fall under certain categories require a petitioner who submits an I-864.

What is the difference between an I-364 and an I-864?

What documents are needed for an affidavit of support?

How can an experienced lawyer make the process easier?

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