Affidavit of Support

A Form I-864, Affidavit of  Support is a document provided as financial support documents when sponsoring a foreign national to the U.S.. Once the sponsor sign an affidavit of support, he or she has accept the responsibility to financially support the immigrant after the intending immigrant becomes a lawful permanent resident (green card holder). When you are bringing a relative to live in the U.S. permanently, you, the petitioner, is required to be the sponsor and accept the responsibility.

An affidavit of support form must be submitted together with supporting documents which establish the income source and income number listed in the form. Filling the affidavit of support form with incorrect information or incomplete supporting documents will not be accepted.  Depends on the income source, certain income evidence documents are required which include but not limited to:

  • Most current tax returns with W-2 or 1099 or tax transcripts
  • Letter of Employment/Income Letter for self employed
  • Bank statements showing source of income
  • Business license, if any
  • Documentary proof for liquid assets, if using assets

Sponsor’s responsibilities

The reason government requires all the income documents from sponsor is they want to see sponsor has a adequate and steady income so the immigrants will not become “Public Charge“.  By signing the affidavit of support, sponsor accepts all the responsibility to financially support the beneficiary. Once the beneficiary you sponsored become a lawful permanent resident, any “mean-tested” public benefits he/she applied from government, government has the right to come after you to recover all those expenses.

The obligations will not end until one of the four situations occurs.

  • The beneficiary becomes a U.S. citizen.
  • The beneficiary works (and pays taxes) for 40 quarters (10 years if continuous)
  • The beneficiary or sponsor dies

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