When you submit Form I-134, Declaration of Financial Support, you’ll also need provide supporting documents to evidence your answers on the form. In other words, you’ll need proof that the facts you’ve provided are true. Most notably, you must submit proof of identity and proof of income. Depending on your answers in the I-134 declaration, additional documentation may be necessary.
Evidence of Identity
You’ll need to submit proof of your identity. In the event you are a U.S. citizen, you may provide one of the following documents:
- A copy of your birth certificate, issued by a civil registrar, vital statistics office, or other civil authority showing that you were born in the United States.
- A copy of your naturalization certificate or certificate of citizenship issued by USCIS or the former INS.
- A copy of Form FS-240, Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), issued by a U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate.
- A copy of the biographic page from your unexpired U.S. passport.
- An original statement from a U.S. consular officer verifying that you are a U.S. citizen with a valid passport.
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Proof of Income
In addition to submitting Form I-134, Declaration of Financial Support, the supporter must establish with evidence that he or she has the income or financial resources to support the foreign national beneficiary. Immigration officers weigh more heavily income that exceeds the requirement and is also reliable. In other words, a supporter with a stable, well-paying job is easier to approve that someone with unreliable employment. Provide supporting documentation to evidence your income.
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Supporters who are employed with a company or organization can submit a W-2, employment letter, and a federal tax return to meet this requirement. However, individuals that don’t have W-2 employment can have a more difficult time. Self-employed supporters will need to provide copies of bank statements to show regular deposits that match the stated income and copies of 1099s. Again, tax returns can help establish a history.
Applicant’s Own Resources
In rare situations a K-1 applicant may be able to overcome the public charge provisions of the law by submitting evidence of his or her own financial resources. If the petitioner is unable to show evidence of satisfactory financial resources, the applicant may submit to the consular officer evidence of funds or income from one or more of the following sources:
- Cash Assets – Submit 12 months of bank statement to show the present balance of applicant’s account, date account was opened, number and amounts of deposits and withdrawals. Provide an explanation if there were any unusually large deposits.
- Property or Real Estate Ownership – Generally you must provide a title deed or equivalent as proof of ownership. Submit a professional appraisal or letter from a lawyer to indicate its present value and a copy of loan statements as disclosure of loans against the property.
- Stocks and Bonds – Submit statements or letters verifying ownership of stocks and bonds, with present market value or indication of expected earnings.
- Insurance – Provide a statement from your insurance company showing policies held and present case surrender value.
- Other – Other sources of income may be acceptable if you can provide proof or satisfactory evidence that the income is reliable and belongs to you.
You must also provide a statement as to how the funds or income are to be transferred to the United States if the financial resources are derived from a source outside the U.S.