Our payment for the Affidavit of Support is showing as received!
Well this post was an experiment with the “Status” format offered by my theme, but I think it just looks like I forgot to write a post 🙂 So I am correcting that now!
Any way basically the status above means that we can send the Affidavit of Support in and pay another fee and then make the actual application.
The Affidavit of Support is a legally binding document. The USCIS gives the definition below:
An affidavit of support is a document an individual signs to accept financial responsibility for another person, usually a relative, who is coming to the United States to live permanently. The person who signs the affidavit of support becomes the sponsor of the relative (or other individual) coming to live in the United States. The sponsor is usually the petitioner of an immigrant petition for a family member.
An affidavit of support is legally enforceable; the sponsor’s responsibility usually lasts until the family member or other individual either becomes a U.S. citizen, or can be credited with 40 quarters of work (usually 10 years).
Follow this link for the full information.
JT has to complete the form and submit his most recent tax return and proof of current employment. He must show that his household income is equal to or higher than 125% of the U.S. poverty level for our household size including me.
It is all baby steps …
On a slightly political note, 40 quarters of work (at leat 10 years) before I can claim benefits as a non US citizen is a very long time. This is a hot topic in the UK right now and contrasts hugely with the obligations of being part of Europe. Personally I’m pro Europe and pro society helping its less fortunate members, but it does make me realise that the US is going to be a culture shock.
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