Yes, you could by liable for support if you signed any affidavits of support.
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You will be held financially liable and responsible for each and every person you sponsored, should any of these individuals decide to go on welfare or obtain "means tested benefits." Your responsibility and exposure for each individual you sponsored ends on the day when anyone of them obtains US citizenship.
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Read the I-864 very carefully. You will see any time you sign such a document, you are taking an oath to assist in the support of an individual. This is why it is very important for a person to read the document. Have there been situations where a person has been brought into a lawsuit to help pay - the answer is yes. Speak with an immigration attorney and they can help explain better with regard to your specific circumstance.
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