Since 1997, immigration law has required every petitioner in a family-based petition to complete an affidavit of support on behalf of the intending immigrant. The sponsor must either demonstrate the means to maintain an annual income equal to at least 125 percent of the federal poverty income line or obtain a joint sponsor who can meet that threshold.
Under the new Department of Homeland Security regulations, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services may consider a noncitizen’s assets, resources, and financial status as one factor when determining whether the individual is likely to become a public charge. As part of that evaluation, USCIS may consider the noncitizen’s credit history and credit score and other evidence of the noncitizen’s liabilities.