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.