If you are not able to find a joint sponsor, you may wish to use assets to make up the difference between your income and 125% of the poverty guideline.
For example, if the difference between your income and 125% of the poverty guideline is $2000, you would need at least $10,000 in assets with respect to the I-864 affidavit of support to make up the difference. Assets count as 1/5 of income with respect to the affidavit of support.
Some examples of assets would be certificate of deposits, saving account, money markets, and any other item that can liquidated into cash within one year. In some instances, it is possible to use equity in real property.
The cash in your bank account would count as 1/5.
Any US citizen can serve as joint sponsor. The joint sponsor does not need to be related to you or the "intended immigrant". Many people ask their friends, but it is very unlikely that there would be any type of agency that would provide "joint sponsors" because not many people would willing to sponsor a person who they do not know.
Nevertheless, you may wish to contact Catholic charities or other immigration legal aid agencies in your area who may be able to provide you other options.
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Can my joint sponsor and I add both of our tax return together to meet the 125% above poverty line. Or, would I have to find two joint sponsor to meet that requirement? Since I am at workers compensation, would that count as me working?
No, a joint sponsor would need to meet the income requirements independent of your income. It is not possible to combine multiple joint sponsors to meet the income requirements.
Workers compensation would probably not be considered as it is temporary in nature.
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