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Affidavit of Support

An affidavit of support is required as part of many applications for permanent residence based on marriage or other family relationships. It may also be required where family members of a permanent resident are coming to join the Permanent Resident in the United States.

A sponsor in a family-based permanent residence case (and sponsors in some other cases) is required to file an affidavit of support in order to show that the person applying for permanent residence will not become a “public charge,” or dependent upon government services.

The Immigration and Nationality Act of the United States requires a sponsoring family member or other individual to sign an affidavit of support to show that the applicant for permanent residents will not become a public charge.  The affidavit means that the sponsor is financially responsible for the applicant for residence.

Houston Lawyer Assisting With Affidavit of Support

Kathryn Karam is a Houston immigration lawyer who assists in uniting families across borders, as well as helping other people who are seeking to move to the Gulf Coast area for any reason from another country. She assists with family-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, U-visas, VAWA petitions and Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) cases.

Kathryn Karam seeks innovative solutions to some of the most difficult immigration situations. No matter how complicated your immigration matter, Kathryn Karam can take it on. Call Karam Immigration Law at (832) 582-0620 today to set up a consultation.

Kathryn Karam works with people seeking immigration assistance throughout the Houston area, including in Cinco Ranch, Sugar Land, Alief, Bellaire, The Woodlands, Cypress, Tomball, League City and Clear Lake.


Prohibition on Public Charge for Immigration

A public charge is a person who is primarily dependent on the government for basic subsistence. A person will not be admitted as a permanent resident if it is determined that he or she is likely to become a public charge.

A person is a public charge if he or she is receiving cash assistance for income maintenance or is institutionalized for long-term care at government expense. A person may be considered a public charge if he or she is taking assistance from, for example, the following programs:

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance
  • State or local cash assistance
  • Medicaid for long-term care, like a nursing home or mental health institutions

Non-cash assistance programs like Medicaid for non-long-term issues, SCHIP, non-cash TANF assistance or food stamps do not lead to one being designated a public charge.

Finding the Best Attorney to Assist with Affidavits of Support

If you are sponsoring a family member to become a permanent resident, it is necessary that you complete an affidavit of support. A Houston immigration lawyer can assist you in understanding the implications of the affidavit of support, and help with any other issues in family-sponsored immigration. Call The Law Office of Kathryn N. Karam, P.C. today at (832) 582-0620 to schedule a consultation.

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Houston, Texas 77056
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“Kathryn’s Law Firm has been an absolute wonderful experience to work with. They went above and beyond to get me my Visa to China when I was denied the first time. Kathryn is a true professional and is a step above her competition!!!” -Edward

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