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The Affidavit of Support: More than just a form

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The Affidavit of Support contains a detailed statement as to the rights and obligations of the Petitioner, and/or Joint Sponsor ;and the intending immigrant(s) when the Affidavit is signed and the intending immigrant becomes a Lawful Permanent Resident. Although the permanent resident or immigrant visa application will not be granted without the Affidavit of Support, Petitioners and Joint Sponsors should be read it carefully before signing the form and discuss any questions with an Immigration attorney. The legal obligations contained in the form can continue even after divorce.

More information, including who is an "immediate relative" and whose income may be counted to meet the requirements can be found at www.amesimmigrationlaw.com. See also www.uscis.gov.

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