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Form I-864

Hey there! If you're looking to sponsor an immigrant for a green card, you'll definitely need to get familiar with Form I-864, Affidavit of Support. This form is all about proving that you can financially support the person you’re sponsoring so they won't become a public charge. Basically, by signing Form I-864, you’re committing to provide financial assistance to your immigrant relative, ensuring they have the means to live without needing government assistance. It's a crucial part of the immigration process because it helps USCIS determine that the new immigrant won't be a financial burden.

What is the I-864 Form?

Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, is a document you fill out to show that you have enough income or assets to support the immigrant you’re sponsoring financially. It’s essentially a contract between you and the U.S. government stating that you’ll take financial responsibility for your relative.


Who Should Fill Form I-864?

The person who is petitioning for the immigrant (usually a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident) should fill out Form I-864. If you’re bringing over a spouse, child, parent, or another relative, you’ll need to complete this form as part of the application process.


How Much Income is Required for Form I-864 Sponsor?

The income required to sponsor an immigrant depends on the number of people in your household. Generally, you need to show that your income is at least 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines for your household size. For a household of two, that’s around $22,887 per year, but this amount increases with more people in the household.


What is Form I-864W Used For?

Form I-864W, Intending Immigrant's Affidavit of Support Exemption, is used by immigrants who are exempt from the Affidavit of Support requirement. This includes certain immigrants like those who have earned or can receive credit for 40 quarters of work (usually 10 years) in the U.S., children who will automatically become U.S. citizens upon entry, and a few other specific categories.


What is the Minimum Income to Sponsor an Immigrant?

The minimum income required to sponsor an immigrant is typically 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines for your household size. For a household of two, it’s approximately $22,887 per year. This figure changes based on the number of people in your household, so make sure to check the latest guidelines.


How Much Income Do I Need to Sponsor My Parents in the USA?

To sponsor your parents, you’ll need to meet the 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines based on your household size. For a household of three (you plus your two parents), the minimum income required would be around $28,787 per year. This amount adjusts if there are more people in your household.


Who is Exempt from Filing Form I-864?

Some immigrants are exempt from filing Form I-864, including those who:

  • Have earned 40 qualifying quarters of work in the U.S.

  • Are children who will automatically become U.S. citizens upon entry.

  • Are self-petitioning widows or widowers of U.S. citizens.

  • Are self-petitioning battered spouses or children.

Do I Need 864 for Each Parent?

Yes, you need to submit a separate Form I-864 for each parent you are sponsoring. Each form should include your financial information to demonstrate that you can support each relative independently.


What are the Cons of Sponsoring an Immigrant?

Sponsoring an immigrant comes with some potential drawbacks, including:

  • Financial Responsibility: You’re legally obligated to support the immigrant, which can be a financial burden if their situation changes.

  • Long-Term Commitment: This obligation lasts until the immigrant becomes a U.S. citizen, earns 40 quarters of work, leaves the U.S. permanently, or dies.

  • Public Charge Rule: If the sponsored immigrant receives certain public benefits, the government may come to you for reimbursement.

Hope this helps you understand the ins and outs of Form I-864! If you have any more questions or need further assistance, feel free to reach out. Good luck with your sponsorship!

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