No. No additional money at all. If you claim only yourself, then you make more than enough money to be a Joint Sponsor for this person. But be warned, the Joint Sponsor will be responsible FOR LIFE to pay back the U.S. government for any means-tested benefit that the sponsored immigrant uses such as welfare, food stamps, etc. If he or she uses none, then the Joint Sponsor does not have to pay anything back. Lately, some crafty attorneys have even been able to get the joint sponsor to support the immigrant at 125% of the poverty line. The responsibility only ends when one of three things happen:
1) The immigrant works 10 years in the U.S. paying U.S. taxes. If they stop at 9.9 years and never work again, the Joint Sponsor is stuck.
2) The immigrant becomes a U.S. Citizen.
3) The immigrant loses Residency for some reason:
a) Being outside of the U.S. for too long.
b) They obtained it through fraud.
c) They commit a serious enough crime.
Divorce does not terminate the responsibility. So just be very careful and understand what you are getting yourself into. Please let me know if you have additional questions and please do not forget to rate my service to you (not the state of the law) as that is the only way that I can get credit for my assistance to you.
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