Will applying for Food Stamps affects my husband immigration process?
2 Answers from Attorneys
Generally, no. However, if a person applies for Food stamps, it means that your income is below federal poverty guidelines. If so, you will have to find a joint sponsor (a US citizen or permanent resident) who is willing to take financial obligations on behalf of your husband, so he will be allowed to emigrate to USA.
In my practice, oftentimes it's a very difficult to talk to find someone, unless they are a close family member, willing to take full financial responsibility for an unrelated person.
The Affidavit of support is USCIS form I-864. You may want to read the instructions.
There is a small chance that food stamps will affect your husband's immigration process. If you are the one petitioning him for his green card, you are promising to support him financially. If you have to apply for food stamps, then your income may be below what is necessary to petition him. In this case, you will have to find a co-sponsor, someone who has an income that qualifies for his petition, in the event that your personal income does not.
If another family member or employer is sponsoring your husband however, then they are financially responsible for him. In this situation, you applying for food stamps should not affect his petition.
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