wrholt (wrholt) wrote,

Obligation fulfilled

Nearly 6 years ago I agreed to my father's request to co-sponsor his permanent residency applications for his wife and the youngest of her 3 children, who was the only child who was still younger than 18 years old. Co-sponsorship made me legally liable for their support in case they were no longer able to support themselves, as permanent residents are not eligible for welfare until after they have paid FICA taxes during a total of 40 quarters (10 years).

My step-mother became a US citizen 2 years ago, which completed my obligation to support her. And today my step-sister passed her final citizenship interview; she will swear in as a US citizen in mid-January, which will finally complete all of my sponsor obligations.
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