If you’re immigrating to the United States on a family-based green card, you may need to have your relative file Form I-864, affidavit of support for you.

This form shows that your relative has sufficient funds to sponsor your immigration to the United States.

If you’re unsure of which form you should use, check out a helpful blog on the Difference Between Affidavit of Support Forms I-134 and I-864.

If you’re ready to start filling out Form I-864, affidavit of support, you may be wondering how your sponsor may meet the income requirements to be your sponsor. The evidence provided should show that your sponsoring relative is sufficiently above the federal poverty guideline.

Eligibility for Sponsoring the Immigration of a Foreign Relative

A sponsor needs to show that their income is at least 125% of the federal poverty guideline. You can see in the chart below the number of people in a household, the guideline and then 125% of that guideline.

People in Household Active duty Sponsors in U.S. Armed forces All Other Sponsors
1 $11,860 $14,825
2 $16,020 $20,025
3 $20,160 $25,200
4 $24,300 $30,375
5 $28,440 $35,550
6 $32,580 $40,725
7 $36,730 $45,912
8 $40,890 $51,112

* This chart only applies to residents of the contiguous 48 states, excluding Alaska and Hawaii.

This means that in order for someone with a household of four people to sponsor you, they would have to make at least $30,375.

Sponsors who are members of the American military only need to match the federal poverty guideline.

So, a member of the Army with a household of four people can sponsor you if they make at least $24,300 a year.