What is an I-864 Affidavit of Support?
A USCIS Form I-864 Affidavit of Support is required for many immigrant visa categories in order to show that the sponsoring petitioner (“Sponsor”) and/or immigrant has adequate means of financial support.
The I-864 is a contract between the Sponsor and the U.S. Governmentshowing that they have enough income or assets and in order to financially provide for the intending immigrant(s).
Where Can I Download an I-864 Affidavit of Support?
An I-864 Affidavit of Support can be downloaded from the USCIS website at https://www.uscis.gov/i-864. There is no charge for the form although the National Visa Center (“NVC”) will not accept the form until the required $120 processing fee per applicant is paid.
Where Do I Submit an I-864 Affidavit of Support? Can It Be Submitted Digitally?
The NVC allows most I-864 Affidavit of Support to be submitted electronically with the NVC’s Consular Electronic Application Center (“CEAC”). If the NVC requires a paper copy, the applicant will be notified of this requirement.
How Long Does Processing Take?
While processing time can vary considerably, applicants should estimate 4-6 weeks for the NVC to process an I-864 Affidavit of Support.
When is the Best Time to Submit an I-864 Affidavit of Support?
To minimize processing delay, an I-864 should be completed and uploaded to CEAC as quickly as possible.
What Other Documents Are Required with an I-864 Affidavit of Support?
In addition to the I-864 Affidavit of Support, the NVC also requires income evidence such as tax returns and proof of assets.
Which Visas Are Related to an I-864 Affidavit of Support?
Nearly all family-based immigrant visas require an I-864 Affidavit of Support from the Sponsor and/or Joint Sponsor. EB-5 immigrant investor applicants also require an I-864 Affidavit of Support submission. Certain visa categories however such as employment-based immigrant visas do not require an I-864 Affidavit of Support to be submitted.
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Article last updated: 07 April 2021
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