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The federal right to immigration “alimony” under the Form I-864, Affidavit of Support

A version of this article first appeared in the Side Bar journal for the Litigation Section of the Federal Bar Association (Spring 2021). If you are like most federal litigators – this author included – you would never enter divorce court unless your name was on the case caption. The vitriol, the sabotage, the meanness.…

How long does the I-864 support last?

Support under the Form I-864 lasts until one of the five Terminating Events defined by federal statutes and regulations. Until one of these five events happens, the Form I-864 sponsor is bound by the contract and required to provide support when needed. 1 – Becoming a U.S. citizen. If a sponsored immigrant becomes a U.S.…

Can a nuptial (prenup) agreement waive rights under the Form I-864?

No, federal courts have squarely held that a pre- or post-nuptial agreement cannot waive rights under the Form I-864. Even if a sponsored immigrant has signed a document saying that she forfeits all rights under the I-864, that agreement is meaningless in federal court. Nuptial agreements and the Form I-864. It is very common for…

Video: Financial Liability Under the Form I-864, Affidavit of Support

This post contains the material for today’s talk given to the family law section of the Texas State Bar Association. Thanks to the renowned Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, for co-presenting with me. Our talk addressed legal enforcement of the Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, including the (mostly unpublished) Texas state cases that address it in the context…

Video: The Form I-864 & the right to indefinite spousal support

Family law attorneys need to understand that certain immigrants are entitled to financial support far in excess of what would be prescribed by state family law. Under the Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, sponsored immigrants are entitled to indefinite financial support from their sponsors, potentially for the remainder of their lives. This presentation – given…

Who qualifies for financial support under the Form I-864, Affidavit of Support

Certain green card holders are legally entitled to receive financial support from their immigration sponsors. Exactly who qualifies for support? 1 – Did you get your green card through a spouse or family member? The Affidavit of Support is required in virtually every family-sponsored immigration cases. If you immigrated got yoru visa or green card…

DHS Proposes New Adjudication Standards for Forms I-864 and I-864A

A version of this article will appear in Bender’s Immigration Bulletin. © Greg McLawsen (2020). On October 2, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed significant revisions to its regulations governing the Affidavit of Support.[1] The Department had proposed complementary revisions of the Affidavit of Support and associated forms in April 2020.[2] The proposed…

In Florida, can you bring an I-864 lawsuit in federal court?

The form I-864, Affidavit of Support is created by federal law. Indeed, the form has been integral to the practice of (federal) immigration law for over twenty years… much longer if you consider the predecessor Affidavits of Support. So if you’re an immigrant looking to enforce your financial rights against a sponsor, you should go…

How does settlement work in I-864 cases?

Most civil lawsuits end in settlement long before they go to trial. Lawsuits to enforce the I-864 are no different. In our experience, roughly half of I-864 enforcement cases settle before a lawsuit is ever filed, or very shortly after the lawsuit is filed. In the remainder of cases there is at least some “motions…

Another I-864 claim lost in divorce court – Mullonkal v. Kodiyamplakkil

It is that I have unfortunately observed before. Yet another I-864 beneficiary has lost out on a claim under the I-864 because they tried to do so in state family law court versus federal court. Mullonkal v. Kodiyamplakkil was a case arising in Placer County, California. C085825 (Cal. 3d App. June 29, 2020). While the…

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  1. I left my abusive American husband and called police on him and he got arrested.He’ll soon file divorce.He’s rich and I’m not .He can hire the best Attornies. I’m on a conditional green card .
    Can he call USCIS or I.C.E and claim he is a victim of a marriage fraud hence they remove me from United States?

    1. Hi, Anita:
      We should talk to see if you have a potential claim for support under the USCIS Form I-864, Affidavit of Support. But that aside, no, there is almost no chance that your husband is going to be able to get you deported, unless you committed an actual act of marriage fraud. If he’s just angry and vindictive, that’s not going to go anywhere with ICE.

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