Many people get Form I-134 and Form I-864 confused and it’s no wonder! They’re both called Affidavits of Support and are frequently only referred to by their numbers.
The difference is small but important.
Form I-134 is the Affidavit of Support that’s used for temporary or “non-immigrant” visitor visas. If you’re visiting the US as a tourist, student, or for a short business trip, you may be required to submit Form I-134 as a part of your visa application.
Form I-864 is the Affidavit of Support that’s used for permanent or immigrant visas. This form is for people who are coming to live in the United States permanently as green card holders.
But what is an Affidavit of Support?
An Affidavit of Support is an immigration document that’s completed by someone on behalf of a person coming to the United States. The basic purpose of the form is for the “sponsor” to promise that they will financially support the visitor or resident if they need it.