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    According to Form I-864, A sponsor's obligation continues until the sponsored immigrant becomes a U.S. citizen, can be credited with 40 qualifying quarters of work, departs the United States permanently, or
    dies.

    Is 40 qualifying quarters 10 years?

    Can a sponsor be held responsible for unpaid child support payments or medical bills? If the person being sponsored is sued, will the sponsor be held responsible to pay a judgement? Or is the sponsor only responsible for public benefits?

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    According to Form I-864, A sponsor's obligation continues until the sponsored immigrant becomes a U.S. citizen, can be credited with 40 qualifying quarters of work, departs the United States permanently, or
    dies.

    Is 40 qualifying quarters 10 years?

    Can a sponsor be held responsible for unpaid child support payments or medical bills? If the person being sponsored is sued, will the sponsor be held responsible to pay a judgement? Or is the sponsor only responsible for public benefits?

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    • #3
      It could be as few as 5 yrs, or alternatively it could be 10 yrs, 20 yrs or more. It all depends on if the alien works consistently and meets the SSA minimum deposit requirement for each quarter AND if the alien remains married until a determination by SSA is made, in which case the spouse's work can also be counted if the spouse meets the minimum SSA deposit requirement for each quarter.
      The above is simply an opinion. Your mileage may vary. For immigration issues, please consult an immigration attorney.

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      • #4
        but is a working quarter the same as a quarter of a year? For example, is Jan 1- Mar 31 one working quarter?

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        • #5
          If I recall correctly, it requires a certain SSA deposit amount to be credited for a work quarter. What's interesting is that one does not necessarily have to work all year to accrue 4 quarters. For example, alien A works and contributes required SSA deposits in 2nd Quarter, 3rd Quarter and 4th Quarter of a year, but does not work in 1st Quarter. You'd be inclined to say he accrued 3 work quarters, right? But his total deposits for the year equal the required amount of annual for SSA, since when he did work his deposits were greater than the minimum required, therefore, alien A can be credited for 4 quarters, even if he only worked for 3. One cannot accrue more than 4 in a year, however, no matter how much is deposited to the SSA. This is why if both alien and spouse work and accrue 4 quarters each and remain married until a determination has been made by SSA, an alien's Affidavit of Support can be satisfied in 5 years, rather than 10.
          The above is simply an opinion. Your mileage may vary. For immigration issues, please consult an immigration attorney.

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          • #6
            A joint sponsor will only be required to repay any means-tested benefits drawn, that are considered unavailable to an alien during the pendency of the Affidavit of Support. A sponsor is not held accountable for the alien's other obligations, such as child support or civil judgments, unless he/she has undertaken to be held privately responsible for them.
            The above is simply an opinion. Your mileage may vary. For immigration issues, please consult an immigration attorney.

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