When you are applying for a U.S. family-based green card, you will need to get an Affidavit of Support from a relative.
This is considered a binding contract that confirms that someone accepts the financial responsibility of the green card candidate. But why is this necessary?
The main reason is that the U.S. government wants to be sure that anyone who is going to be a permanent resident of the country will not be a burden to the state and will not be in need of government assistance.
That might sound a bit harsh, but in plain terms, that is what it’s for.
Government assistance includes things like Food Stamps, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and State Child Health Insurance Program. The person who signs the Affidavit of Support is responsible for paying the costs to the agency if such benefits are sought after. This contract is legally enforceable, so severe action could be taken against the one who fails to keep financial responsibility.
How long is the contract for? The relative who signs it becomes financially responsible for the permanent resident until the permanent resident becomes a citizen or accumulates 40 quarters of work, which takes around 10 years.
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