If you have a lawful permanent resident or you are a U.S. citizen sponsoring a family member to settle in the United States, then you have to file one or more of the Affidavit of Support I-864 forms with the DHS (homeland security department), USCIS (U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services).
The aim is to show that your relative who wants to immigrate will not become a public charge. There are 4 Affidavit of support forms associated with the process, and you have to fill out at least one:
- Form I-864EZ: Affidavit of Support
- Form I-864A: Contract Between Household Member and Sponsor
- Form I-864: Affidavit of Support
- Form I-864W: Affidavit of Support Exemption for Intending Immigrant
Who Should Use Form I-864
You are required to file an I-864 form if you intend to file or have filed any of the following petitions for sponsoring an immigrant for U.S. residence:
- Form I-140, in case, you have greater than 5% interest in a business that filed an immigrant visa petition of employment for your sibling, spouse, daughter, parent or son to work and immigrate for that business.
- Petition for Alien Relative (Form I-130); perhaps for a parent, a spouse, sibling, or child.
Who Should Use Form I-864EZ
There a few petitioners that can use an easier form of the Affidavit of Support I-864, named as the I-864EZ. You are eligible if:
- You are the one who has filed the original I-130 Form on behalf of the immigrant
- You have listed just one immigrant on Form I-130 (without any derivative children or spouses)
- You are able to show enough income to support the immigrant based just on your pension and salary, which amount is presented on the W-2 Form(s) granted by your former employer or current employer.
Notice that this simply means that joint sponsors are not allowed to use the EZ form. Beside this, they cannot even petitioners sponsoring more than one immigrant on the same I-130, substitute sponsors filing on behalf of a deceased petitioner as well as petitioners who filed I-140 Form.
Who Should Use Form I-864A
- If your income is not around 125 percent of the Poverty Guidelines for your family size, then you are not permitted to sponsor an immigrant unless you meet the requirement of income in some other way. This might include income from dependents or relatives listed on your most current federal tax return.
- In case, these people in your household are ready to help sponsor the immigrant, then they should sign Form I-864A: A Contract Between Household Member and Sponsor.By doing so, they actually promise to give any and all financial support essential to help you in supporting the immigrant.
Who Should Use Form I-864W
The following people are not required to file a Form I-864 when they are in connection with their own application for the permanent residence in U.S or petition for an immigrant; however, they must rather file Form I-864W, showing their exemption from the requirements of I-864.
- Self-petitioning assaulted spouses and Self-petitioning widows and widowers who have received approval from USCIS of a Special Immigrant, Form I-360,
- Anyone who is petitioning an immigrant and can be credited with 40 credits of work for around 10 years in the United States.
- Anyone petitioning an immigrant who will acquire U.S. citizenship upon admission into the U.S. under Section 320 of the I.N.A (Immigration and Nationality Act).
Fee For Filing Affidavit of Support Application
- The USCIS does not charge any fee on filing Affidavit of Support Form I-864A. You can get access to all the forms required to send for processing to the USCIS through our website. This also includes personalized guides and filling instructions that will guide on how to properly file your application. We are offering the complete process of filing the Affidavit of Support Form I-864A in a very reasonable fee i.e $ 65 for the complete package.
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