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This article is intended for family law attorneys. Published by the American Bar Association, the article explains I-864 enforcement from the perspective of divorce proceedings.
This article was the first comprehensive examination of all available U.S. case law on enforcement of the Form I-864, Affidavit of Support. It was published by Bender's Immigration Bulletin.
This article provides an updated comprehensive analysis of I-864 enforcement case law.
This article is the second comprehensive case law update to our original article.
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This important ruling means that a sponsor cannot avoid his obligation by raising arguments about the immigrant's subjective intentions in getting married. The decision will make it easier for immigrants to move their cases to completion and get the support needed to build self-sufficient lives.
In Kumar v. Kumar a California appeals court has held that the Form I-864 can be enforced in a family law proceeding, and also that the plaintiff/beneficiary has no duty to seek work.
By signing the Form I-864, the sponsor promises to ensure you have income at or about 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines - roughly $1,226 for a household of one. If your monthly income is below that amount, the sponsor is required to make up the difference. So - for example - if you earned $1,000 for a given, month, the sponsor would owe you $226.
So how do actually get financial compensation from the sponsor? Most basically, these cases proceed in four steps.
A federal district court has issued a ruling that is very helpful to I-864 beneficiaries who turn to federal courts to enforce their rights. Hats off to Devon Slovensky for her great work on this case. There are generally two ways to "get into" federal court. One is if you have a defendant and a plaintiff from different states - called "diversity" jurisdiction. The second is if you are suing on a federal law basis, called "federal question" jurisdiction. People are often surprised to learn at some judges are unsure whether I-864 claims qualify as federal law claims. That's seems somewhat odd, since a federal statute creates the Form I-864 and gives beneficiaries the right to sue.
Thanks to everyone who joined us yesterday for our webinar on enforcing the Form I-864, Affidavit of Support. This page contains written material for the program, along with a recording of the presentation.