Use of Co-Sponsor’s Income

Use of Co-Sponsor’s Income to Satisfy Affidavit Of Support Requirement for Permanent Resident Status-Green Card.

The sponsor’s ability to meet the income requirement will be determined based on the sponsor’s household income and size. In establishing the household income, the sponsor may rely entirely on his or her personal income  if it is sufficient to meet the income requirement.

The sponsor may also rely on the income of the sponsor’s spouse and of any other person included in determining the sponsor’s household size, if such person is at least 18 years old,lives in the same address as the sponsor  and has completed and signed Form I-864A Contract between Sponsor and Household member. Members of the sponsor household willing to sign USCIS Form I-864A are called Co-sponsors.

A co- sponsor who signs Form I-864A Contract between Sponsor and Household member agrees, in consideration of the sponsor’s signing  an affidavit of support,

  1. To provide to the sponsor as much financial assistance as may be necessary to enable the sponsor to maintain the intending immigrants at 125% of the Affidavit of support Poverty guideline
  2. To be jointly and severally liable for any reimbursement obligation that the sponsor may incur, and to submit to the personal jurisdiction of any court that has subject matter jurisdiction over a civil suit to enforce the affidavit of support contract.

Inability to Meet Income Requirement for Affidavit of Support.

  • If the sponsor is unable to meet the minimum income requirement of 125% of the affidavit of support Poverty guideline for his household size, the intending immigrant is inadmissible under the Immigration Law unless:
    1. The sponsor, the intending immigrant or both, can meet the affidavit of support requirement by using their assets or
    2. A joint sponsor signs a separate affidavit of support.