Form I-864 is used when a sponsor's relative has been scheduled for an immigrant visa interview with a consular officer overseas or when your relative is about to submit an application for adjustment to permanent resident status with the USCIS.
Form I-864, officially known as the Affidavit of Support, is a form that U.S. citizens use if they intend to sponsor a family member hoping to immigrate to the U.S. This form must be filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
This may also be used by employers who are sponsoring immigrants who will also need to complete this form.
Through this form, the sponsor certifies that he or she is capable of providing financial support for the immigrant if the immigrant is not able to support him or herself.
You are eligible to file this form if you are:
To completeForm I-864, the sponsor will need the following information:
The whole form contains 11parts and instructions listed below are addressed to the sponsor.
Part 1- Basis for Filing Affidavit Support
Provide the basic background details about you and your beneficiary, including full legal names and addresses on the provided field.
Parts 2 and 3- Information About the Principal Immigrant & Information About the Immigrants You Are Sponsoring
Provide details about yourself, your beneficiary, and information about any children who will accompany your beneficiary even if those children will not be moving to the U.S. right away.
Part 4- Information About You
Provide your U.S. mailing address, source of income, and information about your citizenship status.
Part 5- Sponsor’s Household Size
Enter information on your household size, including the total number of individuals who are residing at your address on the respective fields.
Part 6- Sponsor’s Employment and Income
Enter all the required information about your employment status and income. Make sure that you will not under-report your income to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as you have to show that your earnings are sufficient enough to financially support the beneficiary.
If the amount of your current income is higher than your previous income tax return, provide documentation, such as a paycheck, to support.
Part 7- Use of Assets to Supplement Income
Provide your proof of assets and supplemental income in this section. This is an optional section, but it is advised to complete it if your income does not meet the required poverty guidelines. By providing proof of assets, you may be able to meet the poverty guidelines and show that you are able to sponsor the intended beneficiary.
Part 8- Sponsor’s Contract, Statement, Contact Information, Declaration, Certification, and Signature
Provide your signature and full legal name to validate the form. Upon signing, you promise the government that you will provide financial support for the beneficiary immigrant.
Parts 9 and 10- Interpreter’s Contact Information, Certification, and Signature & Contact Information, Declaration, and Signature of Person Preparing This Affidavit if Other Than the Sponsor
If your sponsor filled out the form with the assistance of an interpreter or an attorney, then these sections must be completed by the interpreter and preparer.
Part 11- Additional Information
Use this part to add information and explanations that there was no space for the rest of the form. If this section is still not enough, you can attach a separate sheet of paper to the form.
Upon completion of the form, coordinate with your beneficiary for other documents and mail it to:
For U.S. Postal Service (USPS):
P.O. Box 805887
Chicago, IL 60680-4120
For FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:
131 South Dearborn - 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517