My husband and I are applying for my green card next month. He is filing an affidavit of support and is my financial sponsor. He has never collected unemployment before, and his income for the past 3 years covers and exceeds the poverty guidelines set by the Citizenship and Immigration Services. Due to job relocation and some circumstances at work, he will be collecting unemployment this winter from November 2012 till March 2013. Sometime in that period we will be having our interview. Would collecting unemployment be a problem, even though his income for the past 3 years meets the set requirements? He will be resuming work in April 2013 and he has a secure position for the next 2 years (at least).
Yes, it could be a problem. His past income is an indicator of his FUTURE income. Being unemployed is not a good state of affairs.
Meet with an attorney ... it is possible that he/she will suggest a joint sponsor as a back-up.
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You have a specific question regarding public benefits and affidavit of support.I suggest you obtain a consultation with an attorney to assist you in making the affidavit since you do not want to be turned down due to the insufficiency of the affidavit.
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