Should I mention that I am on government assistance when petitioning for my spouse? 2 Answers as of March 13, 2011If a person is on welfare, they are not allowed to file for their spouse? But is it safe for them to just not mention that they are on these programs? Should they get a co-sponsor? What if they are unemployed?
Pacifica Legal Services | Floyd Fernandez
First, document fraud is a felony. The CIS will have your Social Security number, they will check your income sources, and they will require your tax returns for 3 years anyway...no escape. But you can get a co-sponsor, if they are willing to be responsible for your spouse for up to 10 years, in the event your spouse cannot work, meaning your spouse is not allowed to get welfare for at least five years. If you wish further assistance in a consultation, feel free to call or e-mail me.
Answer Applies to: California