Immigration Lawyer Ari Sauer – The Immigration Answer Man

Memphis immigration lawyer Ari Sauer provides news and information on US immigration law.

Will the government go after the I-864 sponsor if an immigrant signs up for ObamaCare?

QUESTION: I signed an I-864 Affidavit of Support when my wife became a Permanent Resident. She has since signed up for ObamaCare. I was told that if she gets government assistance, the government can sue me. Should I be worried about this?

The Immigration Answer Man – Ari Sauer: You do not have to worry. The I-864 only allows the government to seek repayment for means-tested public benefits that the sponsored permanent resident receives. means-tested public benefits means those public benefits that are available based upon the applicant’s financial means. Some examples are food stamps, supplemental security income (SSI), Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and State Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Emergency medical assistance, such as emergency Medicaid, is not considered a mens-tested public benefit. Most pay-in insurance programs, including Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act (ACA), are not considered means-tested public benefits. Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs, or green card holders) are eligible to enroll in the ACA program.

Answered on December 6, 2015.

By Ari Sauer.

Submit questions to Ari Sauer – The Immigration Answer Man by emailing your question to Questions submitted by email may be posted on this site, without personal information, unless the email specifically requests that we not use the question for this site. Due to the volume of questions received, not all questions submitted will be answered. Only general questions can be answered on this blog. For answers to specific questions about your situation, please schedule a consultation appointment with attorney Ari Sauer. Sending in a question by email or any other means does not create an attorney-client relationship. * This is an advertisement. Ari Sauer is an attorney with the Siskind Susser law firm. On this blog we answer questions as a service to our readers, but we cannot assume any liability related to reliance on anything herein, and responses to questions are not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship. Immigration laws and regulations are constantly changing and the rules stated may not apply to your situation. Readers are cautioned to schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer before acting on anything stated in this blog. This blog is not intended to substitute for a consultation with a qualified immigration law attorney. Ari Sauer is licensed to practice law through the states of Tennessee, New York and New Jersey but is eligible to assist clients from throughout the US. Certification as an Immigration Specialist is not currently available in Tennessee, New York or New Jersey. Siskind Susser limits its practice strictly to immigration law, a Federal practice area, and we do not claim expertise in the laws of states other than where our attorneys are licensed. the opinions expressed here are those of Ari Sauer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Siskind Susser.

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