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52. I am a sponsored non-citizen, is my sponsor's income counted?

If you entered the United States as a sponsored immigrant and your sponsor is providing you with financial support, the actual income you personally receive from your sponsor will be counted dollar for dollar as unearned income in calculating your eligibility. This is the same as any other unearned income you receive.


If your sponsor is not providing any support to you, DTA does not count or "deem" the sponsor's income. See DTA Transitions, March, 2000, p. 4 and DTA Field Operations Memo 2008-65 (December 9, 2008).

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