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Public Charge and Affidavits of Support: A Practitioner's Guide

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Release Date: 07/02/2020
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Public Charge and Affidavits of Support: A Practitioner's Guide, written by Charles Wheeler of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), builds on the first edition of this book (Affidavits of Support: A Practitioner’s Guide) and provides an expanded treatment of inadmissibility and public charge issues.

It covers changes at the USCIS, DOJ, and DOS and provides in-depth, step-by-step guidance on completing and filing the affidavit of support and its associated forms.

The second edition also covers topics such as:

  • Completing and documenting Forms I-944 and DS-5540;
  • USCIS and DOS interpretation of public charge;
  • Eligibility to be a sponsor, substitute sponsor, joint sponsor, and household member;
  • Measuring household size, measuring income and assets, and documentary requirements;
  • Completing and filing the I-864, I-864EZ, and I-864A;
  • Agency review and adjudication;
  • Ethical issues surrounding the affidavit of support;
  • Sponsorship obligations and termination of the contract;
  • The Form I-134, Affidavit of Support;
  • And more!

Public Charge and Affidavits of Support: A Practitioner's Guide will provide you with best practices for preparing affidavits of support and enhance your understanding of this complicated area of immigration law.

This publication is available in print, PDF, and eBook formats. Order your copy today!


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Charles Wheeler is an attorney with Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) in San Francisco and directs its Training and Legal Support section. CLINIC conducts training, provides technical support and legal analysis, and produces legal reference materials for immigration attorneys and other nonprofit agency staff throughout the United States. It also advocates on behalf of low-income immigrants at the local and national level and co-counsels federal litigation. Prior to joining CLINIC, Mr. Wheeler directed the National Immigration Law Center in Los Angeles (1985–96) and the Farmworker Program of Colorado Rural Legal Services in Denver (1979–84). He has been specializing in immigration law and aliens’ rights issues for 40 years. He is considered an expert in several aspects of immigration law, as well as immigrants’ eligibility for public benefits. He was the 2002 recipient of the Daniel Levy Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Immigration Law, awarded by Matthew Bender LexisNexis. He was a 1989 recipient of the Carol King Award for Achievement in Litigation, awarded by the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Maryland School of Law.