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Affidavit of Support

An affidavit of support is a pledge of financial support. US immigration law bars the admission of any person that is deemed likely to become a public charge. Because of this affidavits of support are often required for immigrants.

There are two separate forms for Affidavits of Support that are accepted by USCIS - Form I-864 and Form I-134.

Form I-864

Form I-864 is the Affidavit of Support Form used by the Department of State for consular processing. It is used for immigrant visas and follow-to-join dependent visas. This form must be completed and signed by the U.S. citizen or permanent resident who filed the immigrant petition on behalf of the immigrant applicant.

Form I-134

Form I-134 is the Affidavit of Support Form used by USCIS for adjustment of status to permanent residence applications. It also must be filed by the petitioner.

Form I-1864

To file Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, the sponsor must be the US citizen or permanent resident who filed:

  • Form I-130 for the applicant relative;
  • Form I-129F for the applicant fiancé(e);
  • Form I-600 or I-600A for an orphan; or
  • Form I-140 employment based petition for a spouse, parent, son, daughter, or sibling who has significant ownership interest in the business or is related to the intending immigrant as a spouse, parent, son, daughter, or sibling.

The Affidavit of Support is valid until the immigrant either becomes a US citizen or can be credited with 40 qualifying quarters of work in the United States.

What is an affidavit of support?

An affidavit of support is one person's pledge to financially support another. Affidavits of support ensure that US nonimmigrants and immigrants do not become public charges during their stay in the United States; that if their income is reduced or discontinued for whatever reason, they will have received financial aid from a source other than the government.

What is an immediate relative?

For immigration purposes only spouses, children, and (sometimes) parents are considered immediate relatives. Siblings are not considered to be immediate relatives.

What is USCIS?

USCIS is the acronym for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. It is the government agency in charge of lawful immigration. Unlike the Department of State, which overseas the issuing of visas abroad, USCIS handles immigration processes within the United States such as adjustment of status to permanent residence, the issuing of green cards, and citizenship.