Immigration sponsorship represents a significant commitment that allows U.S. citizens or permanent residents to help a family member or employee come to the United States legally. This process carries many responsibilities and guidelines that can pose challenges.
Many questions surround immigration sponsorship, and a closer look at some frequently asked questions can clarify doubts and uncertainties.
Who can be a sponsor?
A U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident at least 18 years old and living in the United States or its territories can be a sponsor. If you want to sponsor someone, you must also meet specific financial requirements to ensure you have the ability to support the intending immigrant.
What responsibilities does a sponsor have?
As a sponsor, you must financially support the immigrant until they become a U.S. citizen, gain employment or have been a permanent resident for at least 40 qualifying quarters. If the immigrant receives public assistance, the agency may request repayment from you.
Can a sponsor support more than one person?
Yes, a sponsor can support more than one person. However, you must meet the financial requirements for each sponsored immigrant and submit separate applications.
How long does the sponsorship process take?
The sponsorship process varies in length, depending on the relationship between you and the immigrant, the immigrant’s country of origin and other factors. It may take from several months to even years.
What occurs if a sponsorship application receives denial?
If the court denies your sponsorship application, you will receive the reasons for the denial. Depending on the circumstances, you may appeal the decision or correct the issues that led to the denial.
What if the sponsor’s financial situation changes?
If your financial situation changes and you no longer meet the requirements, you can find a joint sponsor who meets the criteria. A joint sponsor must accept the same responsibilities as you, the original sponsor.
Awareness of these responsibilities will prepare you better for the steps involved and the commitments required, making it easier to achieve the desired immigration goals.