I need help getting my husband a green card.

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I need help getting my husband a green card.

I want to petition my husband to come here to America ,but I cannot sponsor him because I do not work, but my husband is rich and has clothes companies in his country, and he can sponsor himself. What I can do in this case to help my husband be eligible for a green card.

Asked on September 9, 2015 under Immigration Law, Oregon

Answers:

SB Member California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

For any family-based petition, there has to be a sponsor.  The required first sponsor is the petitioner him/herself, which you would have to be as the spouse/petitioner.  However, often when the petitioner&rsquos income/assets are insufficient, it is possible to have a joint sponsor sign the affidavit of support on behalf of the beneficiary.  The joint sponsor can be anyone who is a US citizen or green card holder.  It does not have to be a relative although for obvious reasons it is usually a member of the family aunt,uncle,parent, sibling, etc.  However, it can be a friend, a neighbor a co-worker, etc.  Often the beneficiary him/herself can use his/her assets to satisfy the affidavit of support requirements.  However, with assets that are overseas it is somewhat trickier as it needs to be shown that the assets are liquid cash, etc and with business interests, property interests abroad this is difficult.  Perhaps your husband can transfer some of the money into your US bank account or open a joint account with you in the US so that he can show those assets stateside.


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