Several pairs of hands clasped together. The support of a sponsor can help your immigration dreams become a reality. If you aren’t financially independent, you may still get a green card or visa using Form I-134, Affidavit of Support.
Immigrants who come to the United States on a visa or a green card need adequate financial resources to cover their living expenses. This helps ensure that they can get by independent of welfare or other government aid.
The law requires some immigrants to submit Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, either before or along with their other immigration paperwork. For example, green card applicants will typically need to file Form I-864 if they are:
You will not need to file Form I-864 if you can demonstrate that you:
However, even if you are exempt from filing form I-864 for your visa or green card, you may still need a financial sponsor using form I-134.
A sponsor must meet specific requirements for the Affidavit of Support to be valid. For example, the USCIS will ask for proof of:
A sponsor’s responsibility is only terminated after the immigrant becomes a U.S. citizen through naturalization, gains credit for 40 quarters of employment, or returns to their home country. In addition, if an individual is sponsoring their spouse, their financial responsibility cannot be terminated by divorce.
Yes, an Affidavit of Support can also be used to help visa applicants. A person applying for a U.S. visitor visa will have to demonstrate that they can afford the trip. If they cannot prove financial independence, they will need to file an Affidavit of Support from a qualified sponsor.
This document shows that the sponsor is capable of and willing to provide financial assistance to the immigrant if necessary while in the United States.
Unlike many other USCIS applications, the U.S. government does not charge a filing fee for Form I-134.
If you file using FileRight.com, we charge an application package preparation fee of $95 for your Affidavit of Support. However, we're so confident in our system that we offer a full money-back guarantee. If USCIS denies your I-134 application, we’ll refund our fee.
You must file a signed Affidavit of Support application promptly because of the time-sensitive nature of the sponsor’s financial documents. If your affidavit expires and you need to begin the process again, you may be responsible for another $95 application preparation fee.
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