Affidavit of Support Attorneys in Miami
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The Affidavit of Support is a document required by the U.S. government that a petitioner signs in a family petition or, in some cases, for immigration based on employment. The affidavit demonstrates that the immigrant will have the necessary economic means when he or she immigrates to the U.S. and not become a public charge.
To learn more about Form I-864, contact our affidavit of support lawyers in Miami. We have over 20 years of combined experience guiding clients through all kinds of immigration matters. When you choose to work with Cifuentes-Marrero, P.A., you can have peace of mind knowing your case is being handled in the most effective manner possible.
If you need an immigration attorney with experience in this area, contact (305) 676-7520 now to set up an appointment.
The Legal Implications of an Affidavit of Support
If you are intending to sponsor a relative who is applying for a green card, you will most likely be required to fill out an Affidavit of Support for that person. This is accomplished through filing Form I-864. A successful application results in the establishment of a legally enforceable contract that states that the sponsor must provide adequate support for the immigrant.
Failure to fulfill this obligation can result in serious repercussions, including:
- The government can take the sponsor to court to recover money that public agencies have spent on behalf of the immigrant
- The immigrant can sue the sponsor for enough money to bring their income up to 125% of the U.S. government’s poverty guidelines
It is also important for the sponsor to understand that he or she remains financially responsible until the immigrant has put in about 10 years of work that is credited towards Social Security, permanently leaves the U.S., or dies. Currently, divorce and bankruptcy do not dissolve one’s contractual obligations to support the individual. Those who attempt to escape their contractual commitment can face significant fines.
Who Can Sponsor an Immigrant in the U.S.?
There are three basic requirements for sponsoring an immigrant, including:
- You must be at least 18 years old
- You must be a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident
- You must live in the United States or one of its territories
Contact Our Experienced Immigration Lawyers
We understand that you are getting ready to make an important decision that could drastically affect your future. For reliable legal advice and assistance, reach out to our affidavit of support attorneys in Miami at Cifuentes-Marrero, P.A.
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