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Why would somebody who has worked and paid taxes for more than 40 quarters need an affidavit of support?

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If my husband has worked with a valid social security number for 20 years now, and has paid more than 40 quarter of taxes. Why does he need an affidavit of support? wouldn't that defeat the purpose?

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    I disagree. No affidavit of support is needed if he has 40 quarters of Social Security.

    Mr. Shusterman's (former INS Trial Attorney, 1976-82) 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.


  2. Because the federal government requires it for any adjustment of status as statutorily mandated.

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  3. I agree with Alexander and disagree with Carl. Respectfully so, though. Only authorized employment is counted towards the 40 quarters period. To answer your question, the idea behind the Affidavit of Support is to make sure that the individual does not become burden on the already overloaded back of the US taxpayers. The statutory language is not clear, hence the difference in interpretation.

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