Hi, this is an immigration attorney from Bishop Creek. Today, I'll be discussing joint sponsorship when sponsoring an immigrant for a green card in the US. The petitioner must meet certain income guidelines in a family-based case for immigration to ensure that the immigrant will not rely on public assistance in the future. Additionally, if the immigrant does receive public assistance, the relative sponsor must be able to reimburse the federal government for any payments made, such as cash welfare. Many times, when the US citizen or permanent resident sponsor is young (around 18 or 19 years old), a student, or has just started working, they may not meet the minimum income requirements for the affidavit of support. In such situations, immigration allows the petitioner (in this case, an 18 or 19-year-old) to rely on a joint sponsor. The joint sponsor does not replace the petitioner in the actual visa application process. Instead, the joint sponsor helps the petitioner qualify on the income requirement to sponsor the immigrant. To be a joint sponsor, one must be a US citizen or a green card holder living within the US. The joint sponsor must also explain their relationship with the petitioner to USCIS. Similar to the petitioner, the joint sponsor must be willing to sign a contract (Form I-864) agreeing to reimburse the federal government for any public assistance payments made to the immigrant within the next 10 years. In a spouse-based green card situation, even if the couple divorces, the joint sponsor remains responsible for the full 10-year period. If the joint sponsor is not currently working, they must be willing to provide tax returns, proof of employment, or other assets. USCIS will assess the joint sponsor's income and compare it to their household size to determine if they meet the minimum income required, as...
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I-864 joint sponsor Form: What You Should Know
How to Obtain Green CARD Documents (US citizens only) — Taxes A new form called Form I-864 can be used for the adult dependent to prove their income and assets. I-864A is an income or asset verification form only. For a permanent resident, an Income and Assets Verification (Form I-864A) is required and cannot be used for a temporary resident visa. If both the adult and the household member are permanent residents, they are required to provide their own I-864A. Form I-864A for temporary residents must be on the adult. How To Obtain Green Card Documents (Permanent Resident Only) — Taxes An individual seeking citizenship and/or an adjustment to status can only file Form DS-260 for the U.S. government once. It cannot be filed more than once per fiscal year to prove your U.S. income and assets (the only exception to that is if you are going to apply for status in the future, you may submit a new Form DS-260 each time). How To Obtain Green Card Documents (Temporary Resident Only) — Taxes It's not possible to submit both Forms DS-260 and I-864 simultaneously because DS-260 is for you to establish your U.S. status, and I-864 is for you to show your U.S. taxable income and sources from which they can be verified. Only one Form DS-260 is required per fiscal year, and it must be submitted from May 1, 2017, to March 31; after the first day of the following April. I believe you can use the same I-864 to prove your U.S. income as the form submitted on Form DS-260. 1. i. U.S. citizen family who lives together (married, civil union, same-sex couples, etc.) a. If the sponsoring spouse is not married, have the parents sign one Form DS-260. Form DS-260 (Sponsor's Affidavit of Support) — e-file.com, U.S. citizenship page If the sponsoring spouse is married, all adults in the household must provide either their I-864A, the Form I-864, or their Affidavit of Support. If the adults are married, you can provide the parent's joint Form DS-260 (if signed) or the parents' separate Form DS-260 (if not signed).
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