Every immigrant applying to obtain a Green Card through a family member must submit an Affidavit of Support I-864 form. The Affidavit of Support is used to show the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service or the USCIS that a Green Card applicant has a financial sponsor who meets certain legal requirements.
An Affidavit of Support is a form that an immigrant must complete when applying for a visa to travel or a visa to immigrate to the United States. An Affidavit of Support shows that the visitor is sponsored by someone who has evidence of enough money that the person will not become a public charge while in the country. In other words, they will not cost the taxpayers of the United States money while living there. The sponsor must be someone who has the means to support the person should they have problems and must file a separate Affidavit of Support for each applicant they support.
Who Needs an Affidavit of Support?
This form is legally required for many family based and some employment based immigrants to show they will have adequate means of support after immigration to the United States. The following intending immigrants need an Affidavit of Support:
• Applicants for family based immigrant visas, including orphans.
• Applicants for employment based immigrant visas where a relative filed the immigrant visa petition or has a 5% or greater ownership interest in the business that filed the petition.
There are many different Affidavit of Support forms including Affidavit of Support I-854, Affidavit of Support I-864EZ, Affidavit of Support I-864A, Affidavit of Support I-864W, and Affidavit of Support I-134.
An Affidavit of Support is multiple pages and can be downloaded for free. There is no filing fee and there are no special instructions. However, the form needs to be sworn to or affirmed by a USCIS Officer at any USCIS Office. This can be done by a notary public or some other official person who is authorized to conduct oaths for miscellaneous reasons. If the sponsor is not in the United States, the form must be sworn to by an officer of the USCIS or Consul at a US Embassy or Consulate. The Affidavit of Support must have an official seal or a certificate of authority to give the oath if the person is in the United States.
The person seeking entrance should mail the affirmation to the same USCIS office where they filed their original application.
The Affidavit of Support asks for a support report from the employer of the sponsor on the sponsor’s business stationary. The support report or statement must give the applicants’ real name, the date of employment, the nature of the employment, the amount of salary paid, and whether the position is temporary or permanent.
The statement must have an official seal or a certificate of authority to give the oath. If the sponsor is self-employed they must supply a copy of their most recent filed income tax return. Also required is a list containing serial numbers and denominations of bonds and name of record owner.