USCIS Form I-864, Affidavit of Support Under Section 213 of the Act
The USCIS form, I-864 is used by the sponsor of an intending immigrant to prove that there is enough financial resources to support the beneficiary and that he/she will not become dependent on government welfare.
This form is generally filed abroad in the respective consulate by the applicant, and there is no fees associated with this form. However, if the form is being filed domestically, there is a fee to be paid for processing the form.
The sponsor has to complete this form and also include the following documents:
– proof of current employment/self-employment and
– transcript or copy of a transcript that was issued by the Internal Revenue Service of the sponsors tax returns for the most recent year. If this is not included, the sponsor has to include a written statement explaining why. W-2s and 1099 forms may also be required.
USCIS Form I-864A, Contract Between Sponsor and Household Member
There are instances when the sponsor may not have sufficient finances to support the beneficiary after meeting his/her requirements to maintain a household. When this is the case, the sponsor may ask his/her household members or dependents to co-sponsor the intending immigrant. In such a case, the sponsor has to include a separate I-864A, Contract Between Sponsor and Household Member, for each co-sponsor.
Form I-864P, Poverty Guidelines gives you information about the minimum income requirements that the sponsor has to meet in order to be able to sponsor an immigrant. Only when he or she is able to meet these requirements (either by himself or herself or with the help of co-sponsors) can he or she complete the form I-864..
Form I-864 and Form I-864A Updated
Form I-864, Affidavit of Support Under Section 213 of the Act was recently updated by the USCIS. The edition of the form was updated, which means that the current edition has new Expiry and Revision Dates. The Expiry Date is 09/30/2012 and the Revision Date is 09/19/11.
Form I-864A, Contract Between Sponsor and Household Member, also saw a recent update. The current form’s Edition Date is 09/19/11. Previous editions are also accepted.
Please ensure that you use the current version of the forms. Though the USCIS says that earlier editions are accepted, it is best to use the current version.