5 Reasons Green Card Holders Can Have Tremendous Leverage When Bringing an I-864 Enforcement Action

Many immigrants come to the U.S. with the promised support of a sponsor. These “sponsors” are frequently spouses. They sign a Form I-864, Affidavit of Support. This document states that the sponsor will financially support the immigrant if the immigrant is unable to earn enough to live. The Affidavit of Support is a critical part of an immigrant’s application. Once the sponsor signs it, the affidavit becomes a binding and enforceable contract between the sponsor and the U.S. government, of which the immigrant is a beneficiary. What many immigrants may not realize is that this valuable contract is enforceable by the beneficiary as well.