All of the petitions for family eventually need a U.S Citizen or resident to sign a contract with the federal government to take financial responsibility with the applying immigrant. Requirements for these sponsors are becoming extremely strict and are believed that in the near future- if the immigrant does not have a sponsor in their immediate family they can be disqualified for this request. Currently, these are the rules that exist:
If you filed an application for an immigrant visa for your family member, you will be the sponsor (a sponsor is someone who accepts another person’s financial responsibility); usually, a family member who comes to the United States to live permanently. The responsibility of the sponsor lasts until the family member becomes a citizen of the United States. The sponsor/guarantor must:
Comply with certain income shown on your annual tax return:
- Demonstrate that their household income is equal to or greater than 125% of the level of poverty in the United States. . This depends on the size of your home. (The size of your home includes to you, your dependents, the family members who live with you and immigrants it sponsors). Presenting your declared income taxes as a sponsor is of absolute importance in this process. See photo.
- The sponsors are required by law to submit a Form I-864, Declaration of Support, in addition to the biographical data of the sponsor. The I-864 Form requires income tax information that the person has declared in the past 3 years.
- In addition, you must be at least 18 years of age and be a permanent resident or U.S. citizen. You must have an address in the United States or a territory or possession of the United States
In general, these requirements signify that you must actually live in the United States in order to be a sponsor/guarantor. If you live overseas, you may be eligible to become a sponsor if you can demonstrate that your residence abroad is temporary and that they still have an address/ home in the United States.
If you are in a visa process or want to request a visa for a family member call us at 718-505-8506 with our experience we can help you to submit your application.