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Affidavit Of Support - Frequently Asked Questions


What is a ‘substitute sponsor’ and how can I be one?

A ‘substitute sponsor’ is a sponsor who files an I-864, Affidavit of Support form, in place of a visa petitioner who has died. In order to be a ‘substitute sponsor’, you must be related to the intending immigrant in one of the following ways:

  • Spouse
  • Parent
  • Mother-in-law
  • Father-in-law
  • Sibling
  • Child (if at least 18 years of age)
  • Son
  • Daughter
  • Son-in-law
  • Sister-in-law
  • Daughter-in-law
  • Brother-in-law
  • Grandparent
  • Grandchild

Note: You must also be a U.S. citizen or national or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence, be at least 18 years of age, domiciled in the United States, and meet all of the financial requirements of a sponsor pursuant to INA 213A.

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Can a sponsored immigrant sponsor other immigrants?

Immigrants who are currently the beneficiaries of sponsorship obligations may be sponsors. They must meet the income requirements on their own or obtain a ‘joint sponsor’ in the same manner that other petitioner-sponsors qualify. This situation would most likely occur when permanent residents petition for their spouses or unmarried sons and daughters under the second preference, since most other petitioners would be U.S. citizens.

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