Petitioner’s Obligations When Sponsoring a Beneficiary for a Green Card
When sponsoring an immediate relative – such as a spouse, parent, child or sibling – for U.S. permanent residency, the U.S. citizen or permanent resident sponsor must prove that he/she has the financial ability to support the relative if the green card is approved. This is usually done by having the petitioner submit federal tax returns, W-2 forms, or 1099 forms for the previous three years, as well as recent pay stubs. If the petitioner does not meet the income requirement necessary to sponsor the relative, a joint sponsor who does meet the income requirement can be used in his/her place. The joint sponsor does not have to be related to the petitioner or the beneficiary, although the joint sponsor must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.