Every family-based green card applicant must have a financial sponsor. If the sponsor fails to meet the income requirement on Form I-864, the intending immigrant won't be approved for a green card.
Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, is required for most family-based immigrants and some employment-based intending immigrants to show that they have adequate means of financial support and are not likely to become a public charge.
If your household income is insufficient to sponsor an intending immigrant on Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, you may enlist the additional support of a joint sponsor.
Country of domicile is the country where you make your permanent home. The sponsor who completes Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, must be domiciled in the United States. Even if you don't currently live in the U.S., it may be possible to claim U.S. domicile.
If you are sponsoring an intending immigrant for a green card on Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, you must have domicile in the United States. This sample declaration of intent is one piece of evidence that can help you document your intent to reestablish U.S. domicile.
When preparing Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, the sponsor must disclose total income as reported on his/her tax returns. But what if you were not required to file a federal income tax return?
If any household members contribute to the household income for the purposes of preparing Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, you'll need to submit several additional items.
Form I-864 is a contract between you and the U.S. government in which you promise to support the intending immigrant if he or she is unable to do so now or in the future. One of several possible criteria must occur to end your obligations under Form I-864.
Generally you must submit an original Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, for each intending immigrant you are sponsoring. However, you may submit photocopies if you are sponsoring more than one intending immigrant listed on the same Affidavit of Support.
Supporting documents submitted with Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, vary based on several factors. Here's a summary of what you'll need to send as an I-864 sponsor.
Form I-864 instructions from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services can be overwhelming. That’s why CitizenPath created a low-cost service to help people prepare the Affidavit of Support.
The difference between a joint sponsor and a household member can create significant confusion for immigrants and their sponsors. Each one is different, and each one files a different form.