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Form I-865

Form I-865, officially known as the Sponsor's Notice of Change of Address, is used by individuals who have previously filed Form I-864, Affidavit of Support. This form is necessary for sponsors to notify U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of their new address within 30 days of moving. Keeping USCIS informed of your current address is crucial because it ensures you receive important correspondence related to the sponsorship responsibilities you have taken on for an immigrant. By using Form I-865, sponsors help maintain the integrity of the immigration process and fulfill their legal obligations.

What is Form I-865 Used For?

Form I-865 is used by sponsors to notify USCIS of a change in their address. It ensures that the sponsor's information is up-to-date, which is important for receiving any communications regarding the sponsorship responsibilities they have undertaken.

What is the Minimum Income to Sponsor an Immigrant in 2024?

The minimum income to sponsor an immigrant in 2024 is typically 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines for the sponsor's household size. For example, for a household of two, this amount is approximately $22,887 per year. The required income increases with each additional household member.

What is the Minimum Income to Sponsor an Immigrant?

The minimum income requirement to sponsor an immigrant is generally 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines for the sponsor's household size. This guideline ensures that sponsors have sufficient financial resources to support the immigrants and prevent them from becoming a public charge.

Which I-864 Form Should I Use?

There are several versions of Form I-864, and the correct one to use depends on the specifics of your situation:

  • I-864: Standard Affidavit of Support for most family-based immigrants and some employment-based immigrants.

  • I-864EZ: A simpler version for sponsors who are the sole source of financial support, have a straightforward income situation, and meet certain criteria.

  • I-864A: For household members who will contribute to the sponsor's income to meet the minimum income requirement.

  • I-864W: For immigrants who are exempt from the Affidavit of Support requirement, such as children who will automatically become U.S. citizens upon entry.

How Much is the Fee for I-865?

There is no fee for filing Form I-865. It is a requirement for sponsors to update their address with USCIS at no cost.

What Happens if You Don't Update Social Security After Naturalization?

If you don't update your Social Security record after naturalization, your status with the Social Security Administration (SSA) will remain as a non-citizen. This can affect your eligibility for certain benefits, delay processing times for applications requiring proof of citizenship, and result in discrepancies between your SSA and USCIS records.

How Long is a Sponsor Responsible for an Immigrant?

A sponsor is typically responsible for an immigrant until one of the following occurs:

  • The immigrant becomes a U.S. citizen.

  • The immigrant has worked 40 quarters (approximately 10 years) in the U.S.

  • The immigrant leaves the U.S. permanently.

  • The sponsor or the immigrant dies. This responsibility ensures that the immigrant does not become a public charge.

Who Cannot Sponsor an Immigrant?

Individuals who cannot sponsor an immigrant include those who:

  • Do not meet the minimum income requirement.

  • Are you receiving means-tested public benefits like Medicaid or SNAP?

  • Are under 18 years old.

  • Have not filed the required Affidavit of Support (Form I-864).

  • Are not U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, or U.S. nationals.

How Many Years of Taxes Do You Need to Sponsor an Immigrant?

To sponsor an immigrant, you need to provide your most recent federal tax return, along with evidence of your current income. While the most recent tax return is mandatory, providing tax returns from the past three years can strengthen your application, especially if there are concerns about meeting the income requirements.

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