January 24, 2018 Articles

To Marry an Immigrant: The Ramifications of the I-864 Affidavit of Support

By Ray Lahoud and Jeralyn L. Lawrence

Born in New Jersey, a college graduate, and with a pretty decent professional job, John just turned 33. Bored, he joins ChristianMingle.com. A few days later, June from Australia sends him a direct message. He responds. She talks about her life, her dreams, and how much she loves America. June sends John a picture. Immediately, he falls in love. Hundreds of thousands of messages later, John proposes to June. Of course, June accepts; the two marry 48 hours later. June relocates to the United States, entering as a lawful permanent resident—or with a “green card.” During the green card process, John, who is still in lust over June, signs all kinds of documents, including the petition to sponsor June and a contract between John and the United States government that requires John to prevent June from becoming a “public charge.” That contract is Form I-864 Affidavit of Support.

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