Form I-864 is required to show that the intending immigrants have sufficient financial support in most family-based and some employment-based immigration applications. This article will talk about the nature, eligibility, and responsibility of Form I-864.
Form I-864 is a legally enforceable contract between the sponsor and the US government. By signing this form, the individual agrees to support the intending immigrant financially so that the immigrant will not receive US government assistance based on financial need and become the sponsor once the intending immigrant gets lawful permanent resident status. In another word, a I-864 sponsor may be responsible for some “means-tested” benefits used by the immigrant sponsored.
The sponsor must be at least 18 years old and a US citizen or a lawful permanent resident living in the US or a territory or possession of the US. A sponsor living abroad may still be eligible if the residence abroad is temporary. An individual must be the sponsor if filing petitions for relatives. Generally speaking, sponsor’s household income must reach 125% of the US poverty level for the sponsor’s household size, which includes the sponsor, the sponsor’s spouse, the sponsor’s dependents and other household members, and the immigrants who are being sponsored.
The sponsor’s responsibility usually lasts until the immigrant becomes a US citizen, or when the immigrant is credited with 40 quarters of work, or the immigrant dies or ceases to be a lawful permanent resident and leaves the US. One common misunderstanding occurs in marriage green card applications: A divorce does not void the I-864 sponsorship obligations. Please see our future articles about the immigration matters in divorce.
If you have any questions about calculating sponsor’s income, sponsor’s income insufficient, immigrants receiving public benefits, withdrawing I-864 sponsorship, or other issues, please feel free to contact our office! Attorneys at Law Office of Hong-min Jun are working remotely during the pandemic. You can reach us via email, Facebook, telephone, and website. Please contact us if you are in need of filing extensions or visas, preparing for responding USCIS requests, or any other immigration law consultations.
Nature, Eligibility and Responsibility for I-864 Affidavit of Support
Form I-864 is required to show that the intending immigrants have sufficient financial support in most family-based and some employment-based immigration applications. This article will talk about the nature, eligibility, and responsibility of Form I-864.
Form I-864 is a legally enforceable contract between the sponsor and the US government. By signing this form, the individual agrees to support the intending immigrant financially so that the immigrant will not receive US government assistance based on financial need and become the sponsor once the intending immigrant gets lawful permanent resident status. In another word, a I-864 sponsor may be responsible for some “means-tested” benefits used by the immigrant sponsored.
The sponsor must be at least 18 years old and a US citizen or a lawful permanent resident living in the US or a territory or possession of the US. A sponsor living abroad may still be eligible if the residence abroad is temporary. An individual must be the sponsor if filing petitions for relatives. Generally speaking, sponsor’s household income must reach 125% of the US poverty level for the sponsor’s household size, which includes the sponsor, the sponsor’s spouse, the sponsor’s dependents and other household members, and the immigrants who are being sponsored.
The sponsor’s responsibility usually lasts until the immigrant becomes a US citizen, or when the immigrant is credited with 40 quarters of work, or the immigrant dies or ceases to be a lawful permanent resident and leaves the US. One common misunderstanding occurs in marriage green card applications: A divorce does not void the I-864 sponsorship obligations. Please see our future articles about the immigration matters in divorce.
If you have any questions about calculating sponsor’s income, sponsor’s income insufficient, immigrants receiving public benefits, withdrawing I-864 sponsorship, or other issues, please feel free to contact our office! Attorneys at Law Office of Hong-min Jun are working remotely during the pandemic. You can reach us via email, Facebook, telephone, and website. Please contact us if you are in need of filing extensions or visas, preparing for responding USCIS requests, or any other immigration law consultations.

Law Office of Hong-min Jun
—— Attorney for Foreign-Born Individuals and Small Businesses

Email: askus@junlawfirm.com
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Phone: 847-660-4233
Website: www.junlawfirm.com

Law Office of Hong-min Jun
—— Attorney for Foreign-Born Individuals and Small Businesses

Email: askus@junlawfirm.com
cchen@junlawfirm.com (Chinese)
Phone: 847-660-4233
Website: www.junlawfirm.com