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Family green card financial obligations

On Behalf of | Feb 26, 2024 | Immigration And Naturalization

Sponsoring a family member’s green card comes with financial responsibilities. It is important for any sponsor to carefully consider these requirements.

Essentially, when you sponsor a family member for a green card, you agree to financially support them. You must ensure they do not become a public burden.

Income requirements

As a sponsor, you must meet certain income requirements to demonstrate your ability to support the sponsored family member. You may have to provide copies of your tax returns and other financial documents. If your income is not sufficient, you may need to find a joint sponsor who is willing to take on financial responsibility.

Affidavit of support

In addition to meeting income requirements, you must also sign an affidavit of support. This is a legal contract between you and the U.S. government stating that you will provide financial support to the sponsored family member. The affidavit of support is a legally binding document. The government can hold you financially responsible if the sponsored family member receives certain public benefits.

Ongoing responsibility

Your financial obligations of sponsoring a family member for a green card do not end when they get a green card. You will likely have to support the sponsored family member for a certain period of time, usually ten years. During this time, you are responsible for ensuring the sponsored family member has the financial means to support themselves.

Sponsoring a family member for a green card is a significant financial commitment. You must meet all the requirements and uphold your duties. You must understand these obligations before agreeing to sponsor a family member for a green card.

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