Marriage Green Card Petitioners and any joint or co-sponsors are required to submit an Affidavit of Support form (Form I-864) and evidence of their income.
Form I-864 is legally required and legally enforceable for most family-based and some employment-based immigrants.
The form shows that as an intending immigrant, you have adequate means of financial support and are not likely to become a public charge.
The affidavit of support is a legal contract between the sponsor(s) of an immigrant visa applicant and the U.S. government.
The sponsor must be willing and able to financially support the intending immigrant as outlined by law and regulations (see INA 213A and 8 CFR 213a).
By signing Form I-864, your petitioner (including co-sponsor(s) and joint sponsor(s)) are agreeing to use their resources to support you and any dependents, if it becomes necessary.
If you or your dependents immigrating with you receive any of the designated federal, state or local means-tested public benefits, you should expect the agency providing the benefit to request repayment from your sponsor(s).
That agency can take legal action against any of your sponsors if the cost of the benefits provided is not repaid.
Please see Form I-864P (and below) for more information on means-tested public benefits.
The information below represents the minimum income requirements when completing Form I-864, Affidavit of Support.
These guidelines remain in effect from March 1, 2019, until new guidelines go into effect in 2020.
For the 48 Contiguous States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands: