Does my joint sponsor need to be a family member?

Independent attorneys in the Boundless network answer common U.S. immigration questions

May 26, 2021

Does my joint sponsor need to be a family member?

According to the government, a financial joint sponsor can be anyone who meets the government’s income requirements and is willing to take financial responsibility for the spouse seeking a green card. This financial co-sponsor does not need to be a family member or relative of either the sponsoring spouse or the spouse seeking a green card.

However, the financial co-sponsor must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. green card holder, at least 18 years old, and living in the United States.

You can find more information about the government’s income requirements here.

For more information about the financial sponsorship form (the “Affidavit of Support”), check out this guide.

What happens if something comes up in my medical exam and I need to reschedule my interview?

The National Visa Center (NVC) will generally terminate a case if they receive no contact from the applicant or petitioner for one year.

It is possible for applicants to reschedule their immigrant visa interview appointments through the U.S. government site

It may also be possible to change your appointment date through USTravelDocs by canceling the current appointment, and then going through the appointment scheduling process again.

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