Sponsoring an immigrant sounds like a great idea.
Still, with every great idea, there are some things one needs to know and understand before making their final decisions.
Things like how to sponsor an immigrant?
What is involved in sponsoring an immigrant?
These are just 2 of the questions that you need answers to before sponsoring an immigrant.
Continue reading this article to get the answers to these questions and many more on how to sponsor an immigrant.
How To Sponsor An Immigrant?
There are quite a few things that need to be understood before you decide to sponsor an immigrant.
Are you financially capable?
Are you eligible to be a sponsor in the first place?
Who Can Be A Sponsor?
If there is a child, family member, or employee that is looking to immigrate to the United States, you can be their sponsor.
If you were the person that filed for the visa for the person that wants to migrate, then you must be the sponsor of that person.
There are some qualifications that one must have before they are considered eligible to be a sponsor.
Those qualifications are as follows:
You have to be at least 18 years old
Must be a United States citizen or a permanent resident of the United States ( if you aren’t sure about your citizenship check with the citizenship office beforehand)
You must have a domicile in the United States or a United States territory
Your income level must be or be above 125% of the Federal poverty level
You must submit a Form I-864
What Is Form I-864?
Form I-864 is a form that acts as an affidavit of support. Essentially, this means that the person filing the form will serve as the sole financial provider of the immigrated person.
This form provides the evidence that backs up the sponsor’s ability to financially provide for the person seeking residence.
The sponsor must be able to support the immigrant without needing any kind of government assistance in the form of welfare or other financial benefits that the government may provide.
If you aren’t able to meet the financial requirements on your own, there are some circumstances where you’re personal assets may be used in deciding financial capability.
Also, there is the option of having someone sign the form as a joint sponsor.
They would be responsible for financially supporting the person coming to the U.S.
If you require a joint sponsor, they must meet all of the requirements that you had to meet when assessing your financial ability to support the immigrant.
They must also fill out a Form I-864.
Each person that is acting as a sponsor must complete the form and meet qualifications.
When it comes to how to sponsor an immigrant, the things listed above should be considered before filing your paperwork.
Remember, you’re required to meet all qualifications before having a visa approved.
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