Is it legal for someone to return to the US without informing their sponsor? 6 Answers as of January 24, 2011

We sponsored my wife's father to come from the Philippines to the US, due to certain issues we sent him home, later we find out he has returned without notifying us (considering we are his official sponsors). Is this legal and is there anything we can do to have him deported?

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Feldman Feldman & Associates, PC
Feldman Feldman & Associates, PC | Lynne Feldman
If he has a multiple entry visitor visa, then he may come whenever he can establish eligibility to enter. If he is not requesting money from you to be here then there is probably nothing to be concerned about. If you want to you can write to the U.S. consulate in Manila advising you are withdrawing as his sponsor.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/24/2011
Fletcher, Tilton & Whipple, PC
Fletcher, Tilton & Whipple, PC | Kirk A. Carter
Yes it is legal for someone to return to the US without informing their sponsor. Sponsorship does not create a form of indentured servitude. He is perfectly within his rights. While you can certainly contact USCIS and notify them of your desire to withdraw your Affidavit of Support, that will not result in the revocation of his green card status, nor in his deportation. You may also inform USCIS or ICE of any illegal activity or extended absences (more than a year) on his part as such actions could render him removable or inadmissible and lead to his removal or exclusion. Otherwise, he can come and go as he pleases without your permission.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
Replied: 1/17/2011
Carlos E. Sandoval, P.A.
Carlos E. Sandoval, P.A. | Carlos Sandoval
If he already has his green card you can't just prevent him from returning to the United States.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 1/17/2011
Law Office of Immigration & International Trade Law
Law Office of Immigration & International Trade Law | Linda Liang
You signed financial affidavit. Sorry, there is nothing you can do about it.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 1/14/2011
Nicastro Piscopo, APLC
Nicastro Piscopo, APLC | Louis M. Piscopo
If he received his Green Card he has no obligation to inform you if and when he returns. Also, as a Green Card holder he has the right to travel in and out of the U.S.. Once the person receives their Green Card, the sponsor or petitioner cannot "change their mind" and take it back. Unless he has committed a crime, or did something that makes him deportable from the U.S. you cannot get him deported.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/14/2011
    441 Legal Group, Inc.
    441 Legal Group, Inc. | Gareth H. Bullock
    If his return to the US was by legal means then he is fine and he doesn't need to notify you regardless of whether you sponsored him in the past. As for you wanting to know if you can have him deported, if he has not violated any immigration laws no you cannot.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 1/14/2011
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