Can I use Form I-864EZ?

couple filling out Form I-864EZ for green card applicationForm I-864EZ, Affidavit of Support, is a shorter and simpler version of Form I-864, Affidavit of Support. But only petitioners that meet certain criteria may use this form. Form I-864 or Form I-864EZ is legally required for many family-based immigrants to show that the intending immigrant has adequate means of financial support and is not likely to become a public charge.

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Criteria to Use Form I-864EZ

A few petitioners can use an easier version of Form I-864 called the I-864EZ. To be eligible to use I-864EZ, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Be the petitioner who filed the original Form I-130 on behalf of the intending immigrant;
  • Have listed only one immigrant on Form I-130 (without any derivative spouses or children); and
  • Be able to show sufficient income to support the intending immigrant based solely on your salary and pension, which amount is shown on the W-2 Form(s) provided by your employer or former employer.

However, even if you meet these requirements, it doesn’t mean you must use I-864EZ. If you meet the criteria to use Form I-864EZ, you may also submit Form I-864. You make the choice. CitizenPath only provides a service to help you prepare Form I-864. Our service makes it easy to complete and ensures you do everything correctly.

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Who Should Not Use the I-864EZ Affidavit

Do not use Form I-864EZ if any of the following conditions apply. Instead, you must complete and submit Form I-864.

  • The relative you are sponsoring is not the only person immigrating based upon the underlying visa petition.
  • You filed or are filing Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, for the immigrant you are sponsoring.
  • You are a joint sponsor.
  • You are a substitute sponsor filing because the original Form I-130 petitioner is deceased.
  • Your salary or pension is not enough to meet the income requirements as set by the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

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Source: USCIS