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I-864 Archives

New Changes To Financial Sponsorship | Affidavit Of Support May Not Be Enough

Individuals seeking to immigrate to the United States must normally demonstrate that they will not be a "public charge"-that is, that they will not become primarily dependent on the government for subsistence (usually in the form of public cash assistance for income maintenance or institutionalization for long-term care at government expense). Since the passage of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA), officers have traditionally considered the following factors:

Exceptions to the Affidavit of Support I-864 | What If I Don't Make Enough?

In nearly all family-based cases, an affidavit of support is required to be executed by the petitioner/sponsor. Due to the stringent guidelines, however, not all petitioners qualify to meet 125% of the poverty guideline level, thereby placing the visa or green card application in jeopardy. A visa or permanent resident applicant can potentially be denied under the "public charge" inadmissibility ground if there are not sufficient financials. USCIS will deem somebody a public charge if an officer has determined that the applicant will likely become "primarily dependent on the government for subsistence, as demonstrated by either the receipt of public cash assistance for income maintenance, or institutionalization for long term care at government expense." See USCIS Public Charge Fact Sheet (https://www.uscis.gov/news/fact-sheets/public-charge-fact-sheet). This can be especially critical when the petitioner cannot otherwise meet the requirements through either a joint sponsor or the use of assets (petitioner's, household member's, or intending immigrant's). Therefore, for those whom an I-864 may be problematic, it is always worth exploring whether an af fidavit is required in the first place. There are certain limited exceptions where an intending immigrant may file an I-864W in lieu of the I-864. There are essentially four classes of people who are considered exempt from the affidavit of support requirements:

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