Country Of Residence

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Country of domicile is the country where you make your permanent home page. The sponsor who completes Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, must be domiciled in the United States.

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But sometimes an individual who is living outside the United States can clalặng a U.S. domicile for the purposes of preparing Form I-864.

Country of Domicile Guidelines

Generally, an individual must be living in the United States (lớn include the District of Columbia & U.S. territories) and plan to lớn maintain a principal residence in the U.S. for the foreseeable future in order khổng lồ claim U.S. domicile. It’s okay lớn move to lớn another state within the United States; the United States continues lớn be your domicile.

If the sponsor lives and works in the United States, the country of domicile is the United States.If the sponsor lives outside the United States due khổng lồ temporary employment but has maintained a trang chính in the U.S. và intends to lớn return to lớn that home page, the country of domicile is generally the United States.If the sponsor lives outside the United States but intends in good faith khổng lồ reestablish domicile in the United States no later than the date of the intending immigrant’s admission or adjustment of status, the sponsor may clayên U.S. domicile.If the sponsor lives permanently outside the United States & does not intkết thúc khổng lồ return khổng lồ the U.S., the I-864 affidavit most likely will not be approved for the intending immigrant.

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Temporary Employment

For sponsors working outside the United States, it can be more challenging khổng lồ prove U.S. domicile. However, some individuals employed abroad are automatically considered as domiciled in the United States because of the nature of their employment. The qualifying types of employment include employment by:

The U.S. Government (including the U.S. Armed Forces, embassies, consular offices or other agencies);A U.S. firm or corporation engaged in whole or in part in the development of foreign trade & commerce with the United States, or a subsidiary of such a firm or corporation;A public international organization in which the United States participates by treaty or statute;A religious denomination having a bona fide organization in the United States, if the employment abroad involves the person’s performance of priestly or ministerial functions on behalf of the denomination; orA religious denomination or interdenominational missionary organization having a bomãng cầu fide organization in the United States, if the person is engaged solely as a missionary.

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Living Abroad Temporarily

Sponsors who are not currently living in the United States can claim the United States as their country of domicile in some cases. They must provide proof that their trip abroad is temporary in nature and that they have sầu maintained domicile in the United States. The sponsor must satisfy immigration officers that that he or she meets the following criteria khổng lồ establish that he or she is also maintaining a domicile in the United States:

Departed the United States for a limited, and not indefinite, period of time; andIntended to lớn maintain a U.S. domicile at the time of departure; andCan present convincing evidence of continued ties khổng lồ the United States.

When submitting proof, consider evidence that demonstrates your visit or project had a definite kết thúc, you intended to lớn maintain ties to the United States, and you kept ties lớn the U.S. after departing.


Reestablishing U.S. Domicile

If you are a U.S. citizen domiciled abroad, you can submit Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, if you intover to reestablish U.S. domicile. You must be able khổng lồ prove that you will return lớn the United States & make it your permanent trang chính.

When submitting Form I-864, include proof that you will establish a domicile in the United States on or before the date of the intending immigrant’s admission or adjustment of status.