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I864 Affadavit of Support

I-864 FAQs - Filing the I-864

The following lists the steps you are required to take and documents you are required to furnish with the I-864/I-864A.

Sponsor: You are required to complete pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6 of the I-864 and staple them together in the correct order. The document no longer needs to be notarized. The I-864 should be presented with the following documents.

  1. Your most recent federal tax return with all supporting schedules, current as of the date the I-864 is executed. The tax return must have all pages in the correct order and must be stapled together. If you did not have to file a tax return you should attached a written explanation and a copy of the instruction from the IRS publication that show you were not obligated to file. (See the 1040 Instructions for further information); and
  2. Evidence of assets, if needed, including ownership, location and value of each assets together with evidence of liens, mortgages and liabilities for each asset (if any).

Household Member(s): Each household member(s) whose income and/or assets are to be considered is required to complete a separate I-864A, pages 1, 2, & 3 and staple them together in the correct order. Sponsor/joint sponsor should complete Part 2 and Part 5. Household member should complete Part 3 or Part 4 and Part 6. The I-864A should be presented with all documents listed in 1 though 4:

  1. Your most recent federal tax return as described for sponsor in 1 above;
  2. Evidence of assets, if needed, as described for sponsor in 2 above; and
  3. Proof of U.S. citizenship of Lawful permanent resident status.

Joint Sponsor (if required): You are required to complete pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6 of the I-864 and staple them together in the correct order. Sign Part 7. The I-864 should be presented with the following as outlined in 1 through 4.

  1. Your most recent federal tax return as described for sponsor in 1 above;
  2. Evidence of assets, if needed, as described for sponsor in 2 above; and
  3. Proof of U.S. citizenship of Lawful permanent resident status

What do I do with the completed I-864/I-864A?

The completed affidavit of support, form I-864, or I-864A together with all supporting documents as described above should be given to the sponsored immigrant for presentation to a consular officer on the day of his or her visa interview. If you do not wish for the sponsored immigrant to see the I-864 or I-864A, they may be placed in a sealed envelope and given to the sponsored for presentation to the Consular officer.

How many copies are need?

An original signed I-864 or I-864A and one complete set of original documents as described are required for each sponsored immigrant who is the beneficiary of an immediate relative petition (spouse, child under 21, parent), regardless of the fact that the family members will attend the visa interview together and travel to the United States. An original signed I-864 or I-864A and one complete set of original documents as described are required only for the principal sponsored immigrant who is beneficiary of a family or employment based petition; accompanying dependents are listed in Part 3 of the I-864 and Part 2 of the I-864A.

What about the accompanying dependents?

Dependents of sponsored immigrants in the family or employment based preference categories who will attend the immigrant visa interview and travel to the U.S. with the principal applicant may furnish either a signed original or a photocopy of the I-864/I-864A, if he or she is named in Part 3 of the I-864 or Part 2 of the I-864A. Copies of supporting documents will not be required.

What if the dependents are not accompanying the principal applicant?

If the dependents will not accompany the principal applicant to the visa interview and/or will not travel to the U.S. with him or her, each dependent will require a signed original I-864/I-864A and complete set of supporting documents.

I do not have enough copies of the I-864/I-864A, can I photocopy it?

Yes. The forms may be photocopied, but where an original signature is required,you must comply with that requirement.