What happens when your income doesn’t meet the criteria for an affidavit of support(Form I-864)? It’s tough, but not hopeless! Call us now@ +1 7039640245 or fill our contact form.
For better or for worse, immigrants coming into the United States are required to be able to financially support themselves. Usually, a sponsor takes on the role of providing that support if it becomes necessary. In this case, the help of USCIS and an American (most likely, but not necessarily, a family member) is vital. Hence, the need for an affidavit of support (Form I-864).
An affidavit of support is a contract between the U.S. government and a sponsor. By signing this contract, you agree to support the intending immigrant with your financial resources at a certain level if it becomes necessary. Naturally, you become the sponsor after signing the contract. While there are other ways to support an intending immigrant, and even another type of affidavit of support, here, the “affidavit of support” refers only to Form I-864.
By filing form I-864, you become responsible for supporting an aspiring American when he/she becomes a permanent resident or green cardholder. Note: this does not mean the sponsor must pay the intending immigrant’s bills! However, the sponsor does undertake the obligation to ensure that the intending immigrant does not become a “public charge” – someone who takes means-tested public benefits such as food stamps. In this light, it’s better called an agreement between the U.S. government, the sponsor, and the immigrant. This agreement covers that you (the sponsor) are willing to support the immigrant, and share your resources with them.
While this is ordinarily a very simple ordeal, it has a tricky part to it. To the U.S. government, your assets and resources will be available to the permanent resident. However, if you fail to financially support the immigrant, you may be sued for the value of benefits the intending immigrant has taken.
The responsibilities of a sponsor last until:
So, there you have it. These conditions are exactly why you should ensure you’re financially stable enough before sponsoring an immigrant. That being said, not everyone is eligible to be sponsor. To get your affidavit of support(Form I-864) approved, you need to meet the following criteria:
Imagine trying to fill Form I-864 (affidavit of support) for a family member, or a friend. You have somehow managed to fulfill all requirements to become eligible as a sponsor. And just when the moment arrived to gain approval, you get rejected – On the count that your income isn’t enough. This scenario playing out is sure to leave a taste of disappointment.
Rejecting your form like this is an action that has you, and the U.S. in consideration. The affidavit of support(Form I-864) is intended to ensure that aspiring Americans don’t become a burden to the United States. So, if you don’t meet the minimum income for an affidavit of support, there is no guarantee that you would be able to support the immigrant.
That being said, things like this are just too important to give up on. If your income isn’t enough for an affidavit of support, there are alternatives that would allow you to meet sponsorship requirements. They include:
If your income isn’t enough for an affidavit of support, then you should get a joint sponsor. A joint sponsor who meets all requirements may fill form I-864 and sponsor the intended immigrant. Despite this, you (the petitioning sponsor) still need to file Form I-864 – even if your income is zero.
So here is everything you need to know about getting a joint sponsor:
Getting a joint sponsor is one way, but another way to qualify for form I-864 is by using assets. To do this, you may need to:
If you’re still hitting a wall even after considering these alternatives, then contact us to get further assistance.
At the HMA Law Firm, we take on the practice of directly facing our clients’ problems. Write-ups might be helpful, but not as much as a professional intervention.
Reuniting people with their families is what we do at the HMA Law Firm. Whether you meet the criteria or not, jump on a call and discuss your goals with us.
Everyone needs family or friends, no matter where they go. We will leave no stone unturned to help you reunite with your loved ones.