Fillable Form Affidavit of Support I-864

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.

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What is Form I-864?

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:

  • a lawful U.S. permanent resident
  • 18 years of age or older
  • earning an income that is 125 percent above the federal poverty line
  • able to prove that the U.S. is your permanent home

How to Fill Out Form I-864?

To completeForm I-864, the sponsor will need the following information:

  • The full legal name and address of the recipient
  • The beneficiary’s employer
  • The beneficiary’s annual income
  • His/her annual income
  • The details of any other immigrants he or she has sponsored using Form I-864

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.

Submission

Upon completion of the form, coordinate with your beneficiary for other documents and mail it to:

For U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

USCIS
P.O. Box 805887
Chicago, IL 60680-4120

For FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: FBAS
131 South Dearborn - 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517


Tips:

  • If completing a physical form, you must complete and sign it in black ink. If it is not completed in black ink, it will not be considered legitimate.
  • Provide a cover letter with this form indicating which documents are included.
  • Your beneficiary must submit evidence of your financial status, including copies of their federal income tax returns, proof of income, and proof of assets.
  • You are considered responsible for the beneficiary until one of the following conditions is met: your beneficiary becomes a U.S. permanent resident, your beneficiary leaves the U.S., or the immigrant passes away.
  • You may only complete Form I-864 on behalf of individuals applying for a Green Card who fall into the following categories:
  • Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, including parents, spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21
  • Family-based preference immigrants, including the unmarried and married children and siblings of U.S. citizens and who are 21 years of age or older as well as spouses and unmarried children of lawful permanent U.S. residents
  • Employment-based preference immigrants
  • If a question on the form does not apply to you, type or print “N/A” (for “not applicable”) or if the question applies to you but the answer is zero or none, type or print “None.”
  • If this form is filed with USCIS or abroad with the Department of State (DOS), there is no required fee.
  • Do not send original documents unless specifically requested in the form instructions.
  • If this form was mailed to you by the National Visa Center, please follow the instructions they provided.
  • Once you completed this form, give this along with the supporting documents to the immigrant you are sponsoring to file with their Form OF-230 or Form I-485.

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