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Immigrant Visa Process

Step 4: Complete Affidavit of Support

An Affidavit of Support, also called the Form I-864, is a document an individual signs to accept financial responsibility for the applicant who is coming to live in the United States. The person who signs the Affidavit of Support is also called the “sponsor.” The petitioner must complete Form I-864; however if the petitioner’s income is insufficient, a joint-sponsor may agree to also complete an I-864 on the applicant’s behalf.

An Affidavit of Support is legally enforceable. The sponsor's financial responsibility usually lasts until the applicant either becomes a U.S. citizen, or can be credited with 40 qualifying quarters of work (usually 10 years) under the Social Security Act.

By signing Form I-864, the petitioner (including any joint sponsor(s)) is agreeing to use their resources, if necessary, to financially support the beneficiary and any dependent(s). If the beneficiary and dependent(s) receive any designated federal, state, or local means-tested public benefits, under U.S. law the agency providing the benefit “shall request reimbursement” from the signatory of the I-864.  

NOTE: Please review the following information very carefully. Failure to complete and submit the correct form(s) will delay the processing of your case.

In general, the petitioner must:

a)      Complete an Affidavit of Support form and;
b)      Gather evidence of their finances and other supporting documents (See Step 5).

Complete Affidavit of Support form

There are several types of Affidavit of Support forms (I-864, I-864EZ, and I-864A). For detailed information about Affidavit of Support requirements and forms, please visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s (USCIS) website.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) here. Use the information found in these FAQs and on this webpage with, not instead of, the detailed instructions for the Affidavit of Support forms on USCIS’s website.

Please be advised: Customer Service Representatives at NVC cannot advise you as to which Affidavit of Support form you should complete.

ALL / ALL /

Complete Affidavit of Support Form

If…

Then…

You filed an I-130 Petition for an Alien Relative, and all three of the following are true:

 

1. You filed a Form I-130 petition for your relative;

2. There is only one applicant on the Form I-130 petition; and

3. The income you are using to qualify is based entirely on your salary or pension and is shown on one or more Forms W-2 provided by your employer(s) or former employer(s).

You, the sponsor (petitioner), must complete Form I-864EZ.

 

See tips for completing I-864EZ.

You filed an I-130 Petition for an Alien Relative, and you meet the minimum income requirement

You, the sponsor (petitioner), must complete Form I-864.

 

See tips for completing Form I-864

You filed an I-130 Petition for an Alien Relative, and you do not meet the minimum income requirement

You, the sponsor (petitioner), must complete Form I-864 and may wish to use a joint sponsor or household member to qualify.

 

See tips for completing Form I-864.

You completed a Form I-864, you do not meet the minimum income requirement, and you are using a joint sponsor to meet the minimum income requirement

The joint sponsor must complete Form I-864.

 

See tips for completing Form I-864.

You completed a Form I-864, you do not meet the minimum income requirement, and you are using a household member to meet the minimum income requirement

The joint sponsor must complete Form I-864A.

 

See tips for completing Form I-864A.

You filed an I-130 Petition for an Alien Relative and the applicant has earned or can be credited with at least 40 eligible quarters under the Social Security Act.

You, sponsor (petitioner), must complete Form I-864W.

 

See tips for completing I-864W.

You filed an I-130 Petition for an Alien Relative and are sponsoring a child who will become a U.S. citizen immediately upon entry under the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 (CCA).

You, sponsor (petitioner), must complete Form I-864W.

 

See tips for completing I-864W.

You filed an I-600 Petition and you are sponsoring a natural or adopted child, other than a stepchild, who is under 18 years old.

You, the sponsor (petitioner), must complete Form I-864W.

 

See tips for completing I-864W.

You filed an I-360 Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant and are a self-petitioning widow(er).

You (the applicant) must complete Form I-864W.

 

See tips for completing I-864W.

You filed an I-360 Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant and are a self-petitioning battered spouse or child.

You (the applicant) must complete Form I-864W.

 

See tips for completing I-864W.

You filed an employment petition (Form I-140 or I-526) and you own five percent or more of the business entity that filed the petition.

You (the applicant) must complete Form I-864.

 

See tips for completing Form I-864.

You filed an employment petition (Form I-140 or I-526) and you own less than five percent of the business entity that filed the petition.

You (the applicant) do not need to complete an Affidavit of Support form.