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Does USCIS do background check of affiants' residency status?

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I've just passed the asylum interview and I've been asked to submit affidavit of residency from each individual I've resided with in the USA. Some of the affiants which I stayed with them without any payment. They concern if they provide affidavit of residency to me, they might be in trouble because they're living in low income apartments.
Please advise, will they be in trouble if they give me affidavit of residency for the days I've stayed with them for free?

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  1. They should not worry as residing legally in low income apartments on merits is not a crime. They should submit the affidavits stating the truthful corroboration of your residency there for the cited time periods on factual evidence.

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  2. From the immigration perspective, this is not a problem.

    Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration experience. His response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.


  3. From an immigration point of view there are no problems presented by this situation.

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