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"Affidavit of Support"
Definition: Now represented by Form I-864. (previously represented by the much more relaxed Form I-134). All family based immigrants must file this form, which is essentially a promise to support the sponsored immigrant, in order for that immigrant to qualify for permanent residence. To be acceptable to the CIS, the sponsor of the immigrant must earn at least 125% of the poverty limit for their family size (equivalent to everyone living in the house, plus the new immigrant).
Pronunciation: a-fee-dayvit of suhpport
Examples: Marc came to the United States as a foreign student. He married a U.S. citizen. Part of filing for adjustment of status (from student to permanent resident) includes Form I-864, called affidavit of support, wherein his father-in-law guarantees to financially support Marc in case of a financial crisis, since he is not eligible for welfare as an immigrant. Should he ever go on welfare, his father-in-law will have to pay the government back.
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