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.
DHS Final Rule on Public Charge – The Supreme Court on Jan. 27, 2020 issued a “stay” that temporarily lifted an injunction issued by a New York court barring the Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, from implementing its final rule defining the public charge ground of inadmissibility. This means that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, can now implement this final rule when it adjudicates applications for adjustment of status.