U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released the poverty guidelines for 2012, Form I-864P. The poverty guidelines are used by USCIS adjudicators and consular officers to determine if the sponsor for family-based immigration petition meets the minimum income requirements in order to sponsor their family member for permanent resident status (green card). Form I-864P is used in conjunction with Form I-864, Affidavit of Support.

According to the 2012 poverty guidelines a sponsor for a family-based immigration petition must be able to show income at or above $18,912 USD. For each additional member of the household the income requirement increases by $4,950 USD. If the sponsor is not able to meet the established income requirement, there are options to rely on assets, obtain a joint sponsor and use income from other household members. Failure to meet the income requirements will result in processing delays and could result in a denial. Improperly prepared, submitted or supported Affidavits of Supports are a common reason for the denial of family-based immigration petitions. If you need assistance filing an immigrant petition for a family member or require assistance with Form I-864 Affidavit of Support, we can help. Contact us today for a free assessment of your immigration matter with Mr. Richards.

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