How To Sponsor an Immigrant

In the immigration context, someone means several things.You can sponsor a relative for a green card by petitioning for the relative to live with you.Sponsor also means agreeing to be financially responsible for someone and proving to immigration officials that you can support that person.You can sponsor an employee to come to the United States and work for you.You should gather forms and documentation to sponsor an immigrant.

Step 1: Complete Form I-130.

The form you use is called a “Petition for Alien Relative.”You can find it on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services website.Personal information about you will be asked on the form.Personal information about the relative you want to sponsor if they have a spouse or children.

Step 2: You can download Form I-485.

The family member you want to sponsor must complete this form.The form can be downloaded from the website.You can mail the link to your family member or share it with them.If your relative is in the United States, they should use this form.They can useular processing if they are not in the United States.The I-130 form is submitted under this process.The petition is sent to the National Visa Center once it is approved.When an immigrant visa is available, your relative will schedule an interview.A consular official will help your relative fill out an application at the interview.

Step 3: You should gather documents in support of your sponsorship.

You need to prove that you are a U.S. citizen in order to sponsor a family member.You have to show that you are related to the person.You need to include these documents with your application.You should provide a copy of your birth certificate, naturalization certificate or unexpired U.S. passport to show that you are a citizen.You will need to provide other documents to prove that you are related to the family member.More information about acceptable documents can be found in the instructions for Form I-130.

Step 4: The fees need to be paid.

You have to pay $420 when you submit your Form I-130.Make your check or money order out to the U.S.The Department of Homeland Security does not allow abbreviations or initials.To calculate how much they must pay, have them refer to the instructions for Form I-485.

Step 5: You can submit your form.

Depending on where you live, you can mail your form to either the Chicago or Phoenix Lockbox.The website of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services has information on which Lockbox to send your application to.If you and your relative file are at the same time, you can use one envelope and mail it to the Lockbox.The Form I-797C will be sent to you once the case is processed by the office.

Step 6: Check to see if you can financially sponsor a relative.

You must financially sponsor your relative in order for them to be admitted into the U.S.If you agree to support your family member or pay back the government, that’s welfare.You need to have at least 1 25% of the federal poverty level for a family of your size to qualify.You cannot cause hardship if your assets are easily convertible into cash.Checking accounts, stocks and bonds, and property are common assets.cashing out a sole retirement account could cause an undue hardship, so you might not be able to count it.

Step 7: Supplemental sources of assets can be found.

If your total income and assets fall short of the guidelines, you can try to get over the 125% threshold.You can rely on the immigrant’s own income or assets.If your relative is already in the U.S. and working a job, you can count the wages if he or she gets a green card.If another person in your household earns an income, you can have them sign the petition.If your husband has a job or gets retirement benefits, he could sign the petition.Someone who also earns income can be a joint sponsor.The joint sponsor doesn’t need to be related to you or your relative.The sponsor must be a U.S. national who is at least 18 years old.

Step 8: Financial documentation can be gathered.

Financial documents should show your income and assets.You should get a copy of your individual Federal income tax returns for the most recent tax year, but you can also include your income taxes from the past three years if you think they would help you.

Step 9: You can download Form I-864.

You don’t submit this with your I-130.You should submit it when your relative is ready to leave.The form can be downloaded from the website.If you need a family member to also sponsor so that you can meet the income eligibility requirements, he or she should complete Form I-864A, “Affidavit of Support Contract Between Sponsor and Household Member.”

Step 10: Form I-864 is complete.

You can type the requested information into the form or use black ink to write it down.The form will usually ask for your name, address, date of birth, and country of citizenship, as well as your mailing address and the size of your household, if you are sponsoring more than one immigrant.

Step 11: At the right time, submit the form.

Your relative isn’t approved to move to the U.S. immediately.He or she gets in line.They will move up to the front of the line eventually.You will submit the Affidavit to the National Visa Center when their visa is processed.The Affidavit will cost you $120 at that time.

Step 12: If you want permanent labor certification, apply.

It might be required, but not always.The Department of Labor has a website.The purpose of the certification is to make sure that hiring the foreign national won’t negatively impact the employment prospects or wages of U.S. workers.The forms can be downloaded from the Department of Labor website.If you want to hire a permanent employee, you need to fill out the form.

Step 13: Form I-140 is complete.

You must complete an Immigration Petition for Alien Worker on behalf of the foreign national you want to sponsor after you are certified by the Department of Labor.The form can be downloaded from the website.The instructions should also be downloaded.The information can be written using a typewriter or black ink.To answer all questions correctly, be sure to do so.Attach a piece of paper with your name on it if you need more space.Your answer refers to the Page number, Part Number and item number.Sign and date the additional sheets.

Step 14: You have to pay the fee.

A $580 filing fee is required.Make a payment to the U.S.Do not call it the Department of Homeland Security.

Step 15: Put the form in the mail.

You can find the address where you are to mail the completed form by calling the USCIS National Customer Service Center.You will receive a receipt once your Form I-140 petition is received.