In order to obtain a green card (legal permanent resident status), the green card applicant must submit an affidavit of support by a sponsor. The sponsor must be a US citizen or legal permanent resident, 18 years of age, domiciled in the and have an income 125% above the federal poverty line. In 2020, an income 125% above the federal poverty line for a household of 2 people is $21,550, for a household of 3 people $27,150 and for the household of 4 people is $32,750. The income of certain household members may be included. If the sponsor cannot meet the minimum-income requirements, (s)he may provide evidence of assets that are readily available or seek a joint sponsor. The affidavit may not be necessary if the green card applicant already has 40 quarters of earnings in the US.
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