Affidavit of Support
Understanding Affidavit of Support for Obtaining a Green Card in the US.
To become a lawful permanent resident or get a green card in the United States, an intending immigrant needs a sponsor to sign an Affidavit of Support. This document is a contract in which the sponsor promises to provide financial support to the immigrant to ensure they don’t become a public charge or depend on the government for help.
The sponsor must be at least 18 years old, a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, and have enough money to support the immigrant. In addition, they must show that they have an annual income of 125% of the poverty guideline or 100% if they are in the armed forces.
The sponsor can prove their income by showing their federal tax returns for the previous year. If the sponsor can’t meet the income requirement, they can ask a joint sponsor or substitute sponsor to help.
The Affidavit of Support is a legal contract, and the sponsor is responsible for supporting the immigrant until they become a citizen, leaves the United States permanently, or dies. The sponsor is also liable for any benefits the immigrant may receive from the government.
In summary, an Affidavit of Support is a legal contract between a sponsor and an intending immigrant that ensures the immigrant has financial support and will not become a public charge. The sponsor must meet income requirements and can be held liable for supporting the immigrant.
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