Pennsylvania Affidavit of Support enforcement lawyer.
Sound Immigration represents plaintiffs in lawsuits to enforce the USCIS Form I-864, Affidavit of Support throughout the State of Pennsylvania. Our firm has successfully represented more Affidavit of Support claimants in federal lawsuits in Pennsylvania than any other law firm.
We work with attorney Adam Greenberg of Greenberg Visa Law on Affidavit of Support enforcement matters arising in the State of Pennsylvania. Based in Pittsburgh, Adam is the owner and managing attorney of Greenberg Visa Law.
Adam’s law practice is devoted to U.S. immigration law matters. He is an active leader in the American Immigration Lawyers Association and routinely handles complex immigration cases. Through our partnership, we are able to assist clients with Affidavit of Support enforcement cases throughout Pennsylvania.
Adam S. Greenberg
Greenberg Visa Law
201 Penn Center Blvd Ste 400
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
Our Form I-864 Affidavit of Support enforcement cases in North Carolina.
Alomía vs. Shaffer, No. 3:22-cv-00009 (Western District of Pennsylvania)
In this lawsuit, we represented a citizen of the Philippines in a lawsuit against her Form I-864 sponsor. This matter was additionally complex because the parties had an ongoing family law dispute in Pennsylvania state court. Through amicable negotiations with the sponsor’s defense attorneys, we were able to reach a favorable settlement early in the litigation process.
Srijana vs. Etinger, No. 5:21-cv-01516 (Eastern District of Pennsylvania).
Our client in this lawsuit was an Indian national. As with the Alomía matter, this case resulted in a favorable settlement agreement early in the federal litigation process.
What court enforces the Affidavit of Support in Pennsylvania?
We typically file Affidavit of Support lawsuits in federal district court. While state courts of general jurisdiction also have the authority to hear these matters, federal courts are more familiar with U.S. immigration law.
In Pennsylvania, the State is divided into three federal districts:
- Eastern District of Pennsylvania (based in Philadelphia, Lancaster, Allentown, Reading and Easton);
- Middle District of Pennsylvania (based in Harrisburg, Scranton, Willamsport, and Wilkes-Barre); and
- Western District of Pennsylvania (based in Pittsburgh, Erie, and Johnstown).
A lawsuit to enforce the Affidavit of Support can be based either on where the green card holder lives, or whether the sponsor lives. (Other factors can also allow the case to be brought elsewhere). Because the Affidavit of Support contains a waiver of “personal jurisdiction”, a Form I-864 sponsor can be made to defend the lawsuit even in a court that would not otherwise have jurisdiction over the case. Typically, we file Affidavit of Support lawsuits with the federal district court where our client lives.