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If you are a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident and are filing a petition for a spouse or a family member to immigrate to the U.S., you will need to file a series of essential immigration forms.

One such form is Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, issued by USCIS. 

It is among one of the most vital forms submitted for the immigration process.

Affidavit of Support essentially declares your financial capability to support the immigrant you are sponsoring in the United States, without relying on public assistance from the U.S. government.

The Form I-864 consists of 11 sections. 

An overview of sections is below.

Preparing and filing the Form I-864 correctly is crucial for your green card application’s approval. 

SelfLawyer gives you licensed immigration attorney review, online preparation, affordable fees and same day filing with USCIS.

Below we will guide you how to fill the I-864 Form step-by-step. Let’s get started.

What is Affidavit of Support?

The Form I-864, Affidavit of Support is an immigration form submitted by the U.S. immigration petitioner, guaranteeing to provide financial support to a foreign national beneficiary.  

The form is required to ensure the immigrant does not become a “public charge.”

It is submitted in any such case that involves a U.S. citizen or permanent resident filing an immigration petition for a foreign family member, or a spouse.

It is a legal contract between a sponsor or petitioner and the U.S. government. The sponsor promises to support the intending immigrant in case he/she is unable to support themselves.

If the sponsor fails to meet the income requirement on Form I-864, the USCIS won’t approve the intended immigrant for a green card.

You can check out here, if you are eligible to financially sponsor an immigrant wanting to apply for a green card in the U.S.

If the petitioner’s income is not enough to support the intending immigrant, a joint sponsor may submit Form I-864 to sponsor the intending immigrant.

A joint sponsor does not have to be related to the petitioning sponsor or the intending immigrant.

Any U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or U.S. national who is at least 18 years of age, domiciled in the United States, can become a joint sponsor.

Who Needs to File it?

At the time of applying for adjustment of status or immigrant visa, the following immigrants are required by law to submit Form I-864, completed by the sponsor(s):

When to file it?

If you are a financial sponsor, then on filling out your details, you must give the completed form and supporting documents to the immigrant you are sponsoring, to file with their Form DS-260 or Form I-485.

Where to Mail Form I-864 if Filing With Form I-485?

The completed and signed Form I-864 must be filed together with Form I-485.

The Form I-485 mailing address depends on the category you are filing under.

The list of all Form I-485 categories and corresponding mailing addresses can be found here.

To ensure your Form I-864 is accepted by USCIS, fill out the form completely and accurately.

Don’t leave any question unanswered.

If a question does not apply to you, type “not applicable” or “none”.

Note: if Form I-485 will be submitted without the properly completed and signed Form I-864, USCIS will deny your application.

Where to Upload Form I-864 if Filing With DS-260? 

If the intending immigrant is applying for a visa from abroad, Form I-864 and the supporting documents must be uploaded online using the U.S. Department of State CEAC online application form.

How to Fill the Form I-864: Step-by-Step Instructions

Tip # 1: Use the Latest Version of Form I-864 

You should always use the latest version of any USCIS immigration form to prepare your applications.

Attention: If you submit the outdated version of any immigration form, USCIS will reject your application.

The latest version of Form I-864 can be downloaded on the official USCIS website here.

You can see if the version you have is still valid in the upper right corner of the form (like in the image below).

How to Fill Out Affidavit of Support, Form I-864

Some general rules for Filling the Affidavit of Support are listed below:

NOTE:  Submit photocopies ONLY.

If you submit original documents when not required or requested by USCIS, your original documents may be immediately destroyed upon receipt by USCIS.

Part 1: Basis for Filing Affidavit of Support

How to Fill Out Affidavit of Support, Form I-864

This part identifies your relation to the immigration application. 

Provide your full legal name (the sponsor) in the space provided, then select the Item Number that reflects your basis for filing Form I-864.

Part 2.  Information About the Principal Immigrant

How to Fill Out Affidavit of Support, Form I-864

Part 2 asks for information about the Principal Immigrant

This is the primary immigrant in the immigration case you are sponsoring. 

Provide information about the primary immigrant only in Part 2.

Part 3: Information About the Immigrants you are Sponsoring

How to Fill Out Affidavit of Support, Form I-864

Here, you must state which individual or individuals you are choosing to sponsor. 

You may have been sponsoring only the Principal Immigrant, or you may have been sponsoring additional individuals immigrating together with the Principal Immigrant.

Part 4: Information About You (Sponsor)

How to Fill Out Affidavit of Support, Form I-864

Once you (sponsor) fill all the details regarding your full legal name and the corresponding addresses, you will be directed to the next sections. 

Part 5: Sponsor’s Household Size

How to Fill Out Affidavit of Support, Form I-864

You need to provide USCIS the total number of people you’ll be financially responsible for.

Be careful with the counting.

Do not count the same member of your household twice.

For example, if you are sponsoring the spouse, who’s currently residing with you, do not count him/her twice.

In such case, you can enter “0” in item 3 “If you are currently married, enter “1” for your spouse” to avoid counting your spouse twice.

This way, you will have the accurate household size in Form I-864.

Part 6: Sponsor’s Employment and Income

How to Fill Out Affidavit of Support, Form I-864

Here, the sponsor needs to provide detailed information about his/her employment. 

Part 7: Use of Assets to Supplement Income (optional)

How to Fill Out Affidavit of Support, Form I-864

You need to complete this section only if your annual household income does not meet the Poverty Guidelines requirements.

If your income alone is enough to financially support the intending immigrant(s), you do not need to complete part 7 of the Form I-864.

In such a case, you may add assets that include items like a house or a second-hand car, only if you can sell it. 

Types of assets may include stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit, and property (both real estate and other forms of property).

You must keep in mind subtracting debts, mortgages, and liens before writing down their value. 

Only assets that can be converted into cash within one year and without considerable hardship or financial loss to the owner may be included.  

Part 8: Sponsor’s Contract, Statement, Contact Information, Declaration, Certification, and Signature

How to Fill Out Affidavit of Support, Form I-864

The immigration service will reject your Affidavit, if it contains any errors.

For this reason we strongly encourage you to spend time carefully reviewing the form. 

Read the contract carefully, then sign and date the affidavit.  

Part 9: Interpreter’s Contact Information, Certification, and Signature

How to Fill Out Affidavit of Support, Form I-864

If an interpreter helped you to complete Form I-864, he or she will have to complete  Part 9. 

This section will ask for all the details of the interpreter. 

He/she must fill in these sections carefully, followed by signing and dating your affidavit.

Part 10: Contact Information, Declaration, and Signature of the Person Preparing this Affidavit, if Other Than the Sponsor

How to Fill Out Affidavit of Support, Form I-864

If you checked box 2 in Part 8, the preparer who helped you with filling out Form I-864, will have to complete this part. 

If the person who completed this affidavit is associated with a business or organization, he/she should complete the business or organization name and address information. 

Anyone (attorney, friend, family member, etc.) who helped you complete this affidavit must sign and date the affidavit. 

Part 11.  Additional Information

How to Fill Out Affidavit of Support, Form I-864

This section is for you to provide any additional information in the affidavit. 

You can also make copies of this section, for extra space and file it with your affidavit.

Don’t Forget to Sign Your Form!

Remember, USCIS will reject any unsigned form.

Checklist of Supporting Documents

Do not send original documents unless specifically requested in the instructions or applicable regulations.

If you submit any documents (copies or original documents, if requested) in a foreign language, you must include a full English translation along with a certification from the translator verifying that the translation is complete and accurate, and that they are competent to translate from the foreign language to English.

Here we provide the list of documents you need to submit with Form I-864.

For U.S. citizens or nationals: 1 of the following

For lawful permanent residents:

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Related links:

Affidavit of Support, Form I-864 – Complete Guide [2021]

Affidavit of Support (Form I-864) Checklist [2021]
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