The Immigrant Visa Process
Establish Financial Support
About the Affidavit of Support
The Affidavit of Support (AOS) is a legal contract required by U.S. law between the petitioner (sponsor) of an immigrant visa applicant and the U.S. government. It ensures that the visa applicant has adequate means of financial support and is unlikely to become a public charge after entering the United States. The sponsor for the prospective immigrant must establish he or she has the means to financially support the intending immigrant(s), if necessary. For full information about Affidavit of Support requirements, forms, and whether an Affidavit of Support is required for you, review Affidavit of Support on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.
When an Affidavit of Support is Required
The NVC will send the sponsor (petitioner) an Affidavit of Support (AOS) processing service fee invoice, which must be paid before the case can be processed further. After fee payment, the sponsor must complete, sign, and submit the applicable Affidavit of Support form, or ask the principal applicant to submit a claim of exemption.
Completing the Affidavit of Support
If you have paid the Affidavit of Support (AOS) fee, you are ready for the next step. Select Affidavit of Support Instructions to learn which form you must use.
The NVC will not request an Affidavit of Support from you if:
- You have not paid the Affidavit of Support processing fee; or
- The fee and documentation are not required for your visa category; or
- Your petition is not ready to begin processing at the NVC.
If you believe the Affidavit of Support requirement applies to your immigrant visa case and you have not been requested to complete an Affidavit of Support, you should contact the NVC.
If You Have Questions
U.S. Embassies and Consulates: Find a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, nearest your residence abroad, where you will apply and be interviewed for your U.S. visa.
National Visa Center: After petition approval, the National Visa Center (NVC) handles processing for certain kinds of documents, sending them onward to U.S. Embassies & Consulates. When and how to Contact NVC
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS): USCIS oversees immigration to the United States and approves (or denies) immigrant petitions, and more. Learn about USCIS.