What is an Affidavit of Support?

Question: I’m a little confused about what an Affidavit of Support is. Can you explain?

Answer: An Affidavit of Support is a form that asks the sponsor about his financial standing in the U.S. Till recently, the U.S. had a strong policy of uniting families and would grant a green card to any qualifying family member or employee. Recently they discovered that some of the family members who came to the U.S. were not able to support themselves and became public charges. The U.S. government made the laws stricter to ensure that recent immigrants did not become public charges and that the people who were sponsoring them would support them if they could not support themselves. To prove financial ability to support, you have to submit copies of your Federal Tax Returns for the past three years and your income should have been 125% of the nationwide poverty level. In case you did not have income above the poverty line, you can have a co-sponsor (e.g., your husband or wife) also file an Affidavit of Support along with you.

 

 

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