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Form I-864 A

Hey there! If you’re in the process of sponsoring an immigrant for a green card, you might come across Form I-864A, Contract Between Sponsor and Household Member. This form is used when the primary sponsor (the person who filed Form I-864, Affidavit of Support) needs the financial help of a household member to meet the income requirements to sponsor the immigrant. Essentially, Form I-864A allows a household member to combine their income with the sponsor's to ensure that the sponsor can meet the necessary financial criteria. It’s like getting a financial co-signer to show USCIS that the immigrant will have adequate support and won’t become a public charge.

What is the difference between Form I-864 and I-864A?

Form I-864 is the Affidavit of Support, which the main sponsor fills out to show they can financially support the immigrant. Form I-864A, on the other hand, is used by a household member who agrees to combine their income with the main sponsor to meet the required income level. So, I-864 is the primary form, and I-864A is the supporting form for additional income.


What is an I-864 form?

Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, is a document that a sponsor files to accept financial responsibility for an immigrant coming to the U.S. It’s a way to show USCIS that the immigrant won’t need to rely on public assistance and that the sponsor can provide for their basic needs.


Is there a fee for Form I-864A?

No, there is no separate fee for filing Form I-864A. The form is part of the overall Affidavit of Support process, and any fees would be related to the primary Form I-864 and the immigrant visa or adjustment of status application.


How much income is required for an Affidavit of Support I-864?

The income required for an Affidavit of Support (Form I-864) depends on the number of people in the sponsor’s household and the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Generally, the sponsor’s income must be at least 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines for their household size. For 2024, this amount varies based on the household size, so you’ll need to check the latest guidelines.


How much time does it take to process I-864A?

The processing time for Form I-864A can vary, but it generally takes several weeks to a few months. It is processed along with the primary Form I-864 as part of the overall green card or immigrant visa application.


How much do you need to make to sponsor a green card in 2024?

To sponsor a green card in 2024, the sponsor typically needs to make at least 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines for their household size. For example, if the guidelines state $30,000 for a household of four, the sponsor would need to earn at least that amount to qualify.


Who fills out Form I-864A?

Form I-864A is filled out by a household member of the primary sponsor who is willing to add their income to the sponsor's to meet the required financial threshold. This could be a spouse, adult child, parent, or any other relative living in the same household.


How long is I-864 valid for?

Form I-864 is generally valid until the immigrant either becomes a U.S. citizen, has worked 40 qualifying quarters (about 10 years), leaves the U.S. permanently, or dies. It’s a long-term commitment that the sponsor agrees to when they sign the form.


Does Form I-864A need to be notarized?

No, Form I-864A does not need to be notarized. However, it must be signed under penalty of perjury, meaning that the household member declares that the information provided is true and accurate to the best of their knowledge.


Hopefully, this helps you understand Form I-864A better! If you’re in the process of sponsorship, getting these details right is crucial. Feel free to reach out if you have more questions or need further assistance. Good luck!

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