Do not make your co-sponsorship an enterprise.
I appreciate the fact that you are willing to help, however, your financial responsibilities to assist qualifying petitioners are not limitless.
In my opinion, if it would be discovered that you co-sponsor several people in a short period of time, it could not only raise brows but create issues whether your sponsorship is financially and legally appropriate.
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As many times as you qualify for financially. However, USCIs can look closer at your intentions to make sure it is legal
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However many times your income will allow, given that each one adds one more person to consider. The sponsorship does not end when the person receives the green card. See link below.
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Dear Let Me Sponsor Everyone:
Knee-jerk reaction from the Peanut Gallery.
This type of question really fries my fritters. I do not find it to be an act of grace, but a clear abuse of the system in my opinion. My brother lawyer made a good point: Do not make your co-sponsorship an enterprise. Are you charging these people to be their sponsor?
Qualifying as a Sponsor.
To qualify as a sponsor, you must demonstrate that your income is at least 125 percent of the current Federal poverty guideline for your household size. The Federal poverty line, for purposes of Form I-864, Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the Act, is updated annually and can be found on Form 1-864P, Poverty Guidelines. For instance, the 2012 HHS Federal Poverty Guidelines for a household size of 5 is $33, 762 if not a member of the armed forces and 27,010 if an active member of the armed forces petitioning for their spouse or child.
Counting Household Size.
Your household size includes yourself and the following individuals, no matter where they live: any spouse, any dependent children under the age of 21, any other dependents listed on your most recent Federal income tax return, all persons being sponsored in this affidavit of support, and any immigrants previously sponsored with a Form 1-864 or Form 1-864 EZ affidavit of support whom you are still obligated to support. If necessary to meet the income requirements to be a sponsor, you may include additional relatives (adult children, parents, or siblings) as part of your household size as long as they have the same principle residence as you and promise to use their income and resources in support of the intending immigrant(s).
A sponsor completes and signs Form 1-864. A sponsor is required to be at least 18 years old and domiciled in the United States, or its territories or possessions. The petitioning Sponsor must sign and complete Form 1464, even if a joint sponsor also submits an 1-864 to meet the income requirement. The list below identifies who must become sponsors by completing and signing a Form 1-864.
1. The U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident who filed a Form 1-130 for a family member, Form 1-129F for a fiance(e), or Form 1-600 or 1-600A for an orphan.
2. The U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien who filed an employment-based immigrant visa petition (Form 1-140) for a spouse, parent, son, daughter, or sibling who:
a. has a significant ownership interest (five percent or more) in the business which filed the employment-based immigrant visa petition; or
b. is related to the intending immigrant as a spouse, parent, son, daughter, or sibling.
Joint Sponsor Loophole.
I am assuming that you are signing on as a joint sponsor of your friends. A joint sponsor can be any U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident who is at least 18 years old, domiciled in the United States, or its territories or possessions, and willing to be held jointly liable with the petitioner for the support of the intending immigrant. A joint sponsor does not have to be related to the petitioning sponsor or the intending immigrant. There may be no more than two joint sponsors. A joint sponsor must be able to meet the income requirements for all the persons he or she is sponsoring without combining resources with the petitioning sponsor or a second joint sponsor.
Some points to remember: Your obligation to support the immigrant(s) you are sponsoring in the affidavit of support will continue until the sponsored immigrant becomes a U.S. citizen, or can be credited with 40 qualifying quarters of work in the United States. 40 qualifying quarters of work (credits) generally equates to ten years of work. The obligation also ends upon death, loss of status, or if the immigrant leaves the United States. Divorce does not end the sponsorship obligation, which may be important in your case.
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