US Visa Sponsors Liabilities: Whether the Sponsor is Liable for Visitor’s Unpaid Bills?

Liability for medical bills of visiting parents, relatives or travelers – Those who are considering sponsoring a US visa for their folks, who are either seeking a visitor visa, legal permanent resident status; or students visa, here is some useful information. The sponsorship document, form I-134, also referred as “Affidavit of Support” can be legally enforceable. Please ensure to provide such document more responsibly.

The I-134 is a contract between the sponsor and the US government stating that the sponsor will be responsible for the visitor/beneficiary while the person is in US. Make sure that the sponsored person has financial support for the time period of the stay. i.e. basic amenities to support their living and welfare in the US which includes food, boarding, clothing, and health care.

If the person you are sponsoring becomes a public charge or government’s liability, then the agency offering assistance can sue to recover the cost. You will be able to notice this information when you review point 4 to 6 in form I-134 which states such responsibilities.

Lets take an example – if the visitor seeks medical services from the health-care service provider, and fails to pay the medical bills, the sponsor can be subjected to such liabilities. The service provider/hospital runs it’s services from the public funds. So, if you are sponsoring a dear one to the U.S., be more cautious while filling out the affidavit of support. Unpaid medical bills can be a disaster both financially, and emotionally leaving significant level of stress and financial liability leading to bankruptcy as well.

Here are some quick tips to help ensure your security against US visa sponsors liabilities:

  1. Avoid Risky Propositions: Only be willing to sponsor a visa for someone you can trust and be certain that he/she leaves the country before their visa expires, and will not become a ‘public charge’.
  2. Tell the Truth: Carefully enter all the information on the form accurately. This will help prevent any discrepancies in future. Also, make sure you have all the necessary documentation to verify that the information entered on the form is correct.
  3. Protect Yourself, Get A Good Travel Insurance Coverage: Make sure that you and the person you are sponsoring have adequate insurance coverage for liability, travel and heath during the entire period of stay. This will not only help protect against emergency, but will also buy you peace of mind.

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Disclaimer: Information presented here is authors own view on this subject. Author is neither a legal adviser nor qualified to provide immigration or any other legal advice. Please contact a respective subject matter legal adviser to get a legal advice related to sponsorship or immigration and liabilities matters.

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