Sponsors who signed an affidavit of support on or after 12/19/1997 may be responsible for food stamp benefits received by immigrants they sponsor unless the immigrant or sponsor meet a liability exception. The exceptions to sponsor liability are:
- The sponsored immigrant is ineligible for food stamp benefits;
- The sponsored immigrant obtains 40 qualifying quarters of work;
- The sponsor receives food stamp benefits; and
- The sponsor is deceased.
FAMIS generates a notice to each sponsor who does not meet an exception, to notify him/her of liability for any food stamp benefits the sponsored immigrant receives.