Orland Park, IL asked in Immigration Law for Illinois

Q: I just became a US citizen after marriage. I would like to sponsor both my parents that also live in the US.

The only problem is that I was laid off in January 2022. I’m still looking for a job. Can I still sponsor both my parents without earning an income right now or can any friend/family help sponsor them?

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Adan Vega
Adan Vega
Answered
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Houston, TX

A: As a U.S. citizen, you can file the FORM I-130 for each of your parents. If your parents lawfully entered the U.S. then the FORM I-485 can also be filed with USCIS. The U.S. citizen petitioner will have to also file the FORM I-864 with the adjustment of status process. If your income is insufficient then you will need a co- sponsor.

An experienced and qualified immigration attorney can assist you with this process.

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Roland Godfrey Ottley
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY

A: You can go ahead and sponsor your parents. You will still have to file an affidavit of support even though you are unemployed and not able to support your parents at this time. You can have a family member or friend that meets the income requirement to cosponsor your parents and file an affidavit of support for each one of them. A cosponsor must be a lawful permanent resident or a United States citizen residing in the United States who has filed taxes for the last five years and can provide a letter from his employer stating that he or she is presently employed and likely to continue employment.

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
Answered
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Orlando, FL

A: You can still sponsor your parents as your immediate relatives because you are a US citizen. However, you will need a joint sponsor in order to file the 864 affidavit of support.

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