My mother is a U.S. citizen
and a homemaker with no income in the U.S. My sister is in her home
country and she is the beneficiary of the sponsored immigrant. I live
separately from my mother. Can I qualify as the co-sponsor or joint
sponsor? since my income alone will qualify for the Affidavit of
Support on form I-864 for my sister.
immigrant sponsor is usually the petitioner of an immigrant petition
for a family
member. An affidavit of support is legally enforceable; the sponsor's
responsibility usually lasts until the family member or other
individual either becomes a U.S. citizen, or can be credited with 40
quarters of work, usually 10 years.
According to the USCIS, you
can file as a "joint sponsor", so long as the visa petitioner's
household income is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the
USCIS, and you can fulfill the necessary affidavit requirements. Please
note that the joint sponsor does not need to be related to the
A joint sponsor is a person who is not the petitioner for the immigrant
applicant but who meets the citizenship, residence, and age
requirements and who meets the 125 percent minimum income requirement
for the household size.