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Sponsored Immigrants and Benefits

Authored By: National Immigration Law Center
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A sponsor is a person who has helped an immigrant become a lawful permanent resident (green card–holder) by signing an affidavit of support. An affidavit of support is a contract signed by the sponsor to show that the immigrant applying for a green card is not likely to become dependent on the government, or a “public charge.” “Sponsored Immigrants and Benefits” answers questions about affidavits of support and sponsorship, and about the extent to which sponsored immigrants are eligible to participate in government programs.

Last Review and Update: Mar 27, 2018