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What is a Joint Sponsor?

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires that the petitioner meet a minimum income threshold in order to sponsor their relative(s) for a green card. This minimum income is set annually by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and takes into account the poverty guidelines for a household of the sponsor’s size. If the petitioner’s income falls below this minimum, they can still petition for their relative to receive a green card by obtaining a joint sponsor.

A joint sponsor is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident who agrees to financially support the green card applicant. By agreeing to become a joint sponsor, the individual is essentially promising the USCIS that they will be financially responsible for the green card holder if they become reliant on means-tested public benefits within three years of receiving their green card. This financial responsibility is documented in a legal document called an Affidavit of Support.

In order to qualify as a joint sponsor, an individual must meet certain requirements. First, they must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. Second, they must reside in the U.S. Third, their income must be sufficient to meet the minimum income requirements set by the USCIS. The joint sponsor’s income will be combined with the petitioner’s income to determine if the minimum requirements are met. The joint sponsor will need to submit tax returns or other documentation to verify their income.

There are a few additional things to keep in mind about joint sponsors. First, it is important to choose a joint sponsor who is willing and able to meet their financial obligations. The Affidavit of Support is a legally binding document, and the joint sponsor could be held financially responsible for thousands of dollars in public benefits if the green card holder uses them. Second, it is important to be aware that becoming a joint sponsor can impact the joint sponsor’s ability to sponsor other immigrants in the future. The USCIS considers the income and liabilities of joint sponsors when evaluating subsequent sponsorship petitions.

Overall, a joint sponsor can be a valuable resource for individuals who are petitioning to sponsor their relative(s) for a green card but whose income falls below the minimum requirements. However, it is important to carefully consider the responsibilities involved before agreeing to become a joint sponsor.

The process of sponsoring a relative for a green card can be complex. It is important to consult with an immigration attorney to ensure that you meet all of the requirements. Call us at☎️ (512) 894-9984 and schedule a consultation with our attorney.


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