Who Can Sponsor You for DV? In today’s guide, we will learn about who qualifies to be your sponsor, as a DV winner or who qualifies to financially sponsor a green card holder or an immigrant.
Who a sponsor?
A sponsor is someone that accepts to be held responsible for an immigrant expenses while he or she settles in the United States.
The United States government will consider the income and the assets of the sponsor as available to sponsor the immigrant or to support the immigrant in whatever thing he requires as he settles in the United States.
A sponsor can financially support anyone, a relative, an employee, a person outside his or her family, or any person that intends to immigrate to the United States.
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Below are the qualities or qualifications of a person to become a financial sponsor of an immigrant to the United States?
- This financial sponsor must be above 18 years of age and not under 18 years of age.
- The financial sponsor must be a United States citizen or a United States permanent resident.
- If you don’t qualify as a United States citizen or the holder of the permanent residence, then you should have a domicile in any of the United States territory or possession.
- The sponsor must prove income of not less than 125 percent of the federal poverty line. For the military personnel, the poverty line may be at 100%, but for any other citizen or any other sponsor, the poverty level should be at 125% or more than 125% of the federal poverty level.
- To qualify as a sponsor, also, you have to be a lawful citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States.
This means that, you should not have involved yourself in criminal activities, especially criminal activities involving the minor, children under the age of 17 years of age.
For example, if you have a criminal record of committing an offense against a minor sexually, then you can be disqualified to act as a sponsor.
- If you are found in possession of the children pornography or distribution of such items, then you are disqualified to be a sponsor.
- If you are also found in minor sexual performances, you get disqualified as a sponsor.
- If you are also involved in crime regarding children kidnapping, you are also disqualified as a sponsor.
- If you are engaged in activity involved around requesting and performing sexual acts to minors, then you are disqualified to become a sponsor.
Therefore, you should be as lawful as possible and don’t involve yourself in such activities that harms the minor, for you to become a qualified sponsor for an immigrant.
Finally, the sponsor must be willing to fill the Form I-134 and submit it.
Financial Qualification of the Sponsor
One of the requirements has been that the sponsor must meet 125% or more of the federal poverty level. So the sponsor’s income should be at that level.
But if the sponsor’s income alone does not reach this level, the 125% of the federal poverty level, he can join it with the property that he or she owns.
If he or she has a house, a car, a farm, he can combine the entire wealth for him or her to meet this level.
So he or she can include all the possession that he or she has to meet this level, 125% of the federal poverty level.
Alternatively, if the sponsor does not meet the 125% of the federal poverty level, then they can sign a joint or they can jointly sign with another sponsor, and they will do this by filling in the Form I-864, the both of them and submit them. So they can jointly sponsor an immigrant.
Some Frequently Asked Questions
Questions: When your sponsor fill it you are going to print it out or your sponsor will be submitting it
Answer: You print it out
Question: Can a retired US citizen qualify to sponsor someone.
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