Sponsoring An Immigrant

Dan has a 27-year-old daughter who married a poor man from Ghana. His daughter wants Dan and his wife to sponsor her husband to move to the U.S. Is this a good idea?

QUESTION: Dan in Grand Rapids has a 27-year-old daughter who is living in Korea. She married a poor man from Ghana, and Dan has never met him. His daughter wants Dan and his wife to sponsor her husband to move to the U.S. Is this a good idea? Dave talks through it with Dan.

ANSWER: Poor is not a disqualification. From another country is not a disqualification. The fact that he married your daughter says one good thing about him. The question is what does the sponsorship involve? What are the risks? How is this man going to approach honoring the risks that you take?

If you’re financially able to sponsor him, the question becomes is he able to work and make sure you never have to do that? Is he the type to do that? Here’s what you’re doing: Even though he’s already married your daughter, in this case, you’re interviewing this guy for a job. Does he have the character, the work ethic, the initiative to come to this country and appreciate the freedoms that are at his fingertips and become somebody? Or is he going to be somebody who’s going to become a parasite on the back of his father-in-law? That’s what you have to figure out before you sign off on that form.