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  • Sponsor Responsibility I-864 - Please read before signing

    Beginning at the end of December 1997, a new Affidavit of Support is required for all petitions for permanent residency and for all
    immigrant interviews at consulates abroad. This Affidavit of Support is significantly different from previous attempts by the United States government to make aliens and their sponsors responsible for the use of certain government relief programs by the aliens. The new Form I-864 Affidavit of Support requires the submission of the last three tax returns for the alien sponsor and a letter of current employment if the sponsor is employed.

    Section 213A of the INA, as added in 1996, sets forth specific requirements for affidavits of support. The law provides that an affidavit of support submitted on behalf of an alien must be
    executed as a binding contract.

    The sponsor must agree to provide support to maintain an alien beneficiary at an annual income of not less than 125 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, until the alien becomes a US citizen, has worked in the United States for 40 qualifying Social Security quarters (at least ten years), permanently departs the United States,or dies.

    The contract is legally enforceable against the sponsor by the sponsored alien, the federal government, any state, or by any other governmental agency that provides to the alien beneficiary any means-test public benefit. An action to enforce the contract may be brought in any state or federal court.

    A "sponsor" must be a US citizen or permanent resident over the age of eighteen living in the United States. The petitioner
    for an alien petition must file this affidavit for his or her alien beneficiary. If the petitioner fails to meet the income requirements, then a joint sponsor must be found to agree to the same conditions.

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    Beginning at the end of December 1997, a new Affidavit of Support is required for all petitions for permanent residency and for all
    immigrant interviews at consulates abroad. This Affidavit of Support is significantly different from previous attempts by the United States government to make aliens and their sponsors responsible for the use of certain government relief programs by the aliens. The new Form I-864 Affidavit of Support requires the submission of the last three tax returns for the alien sponsor and a letter of current employment if the sponsor is employed.

    Section 213A of the INA, as added in 1996, sets forth specific requirements for affidavits of support. The law provides that an affidavit of support submitted on behalf of an alien must be
    executed as a binding contract.

    The sponsor must agree to provide support to maintain an alien beneficiary at an annual income of not less than 125 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, until the alien becomes a US citizen, has worked in the United States for 40 qualifying Social Security quarters (at least ten years), permanently departs the United States,or dies.

    The contract is legally enforceable against the sponsor by the sponsored alien, the federal government, any state, or by any other governmental agency that provides to the alien beneficiary any means-test public benefit. An action to enforce the contract may be brought in any state or federal court.

    A "sponsor" must be a US citizen or permanent resident over the age of eighteen living in the United States. The petitioner
    for an alien petition must file this affidavit for his or her alien beneficiary. If the petitioner fails to meet the income requirements, then a joint sponsor must be found to agree to the same conditions.

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