Being inside a US Embassy for immigrant visa interview is not an assurance your visa will be issued. The rule is No green bucks. No green card. 

The US citizen or green card holder petitioner is required to submit the I-864 Affidavit of Support. No exceptions. The petitioner must prove that he or she has sufficient income to support you for 10 year or until you become a U.S. citizen yourself.  If the petitioner cannot meet the income threshold, then he or she must get a Joint Sponsor.

 Otherwise, your application for an immigrant visa will be refused since you are likely to become a public charge.  The State Department has issued announcements that one of the most common basis for refusing or denying an immigrant visa application is due to incomplete or incorrect submission of the I-864 Affidavit of Support.

To avoid this basis for refusal, your petitioner must submit an Affidavit of Support (whether or not the petitioner has little or no income). To determine whether your petitioner can support you, his or her income must meet the income requirement under the Federal Poverty guidelines.  The number of persons dependent on the petitioner (household size) submitting the Affidavit of Support determines the income requirement.  Petitioners or sponsors who are on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces require less income than other sponsors.

The petitioner’s income must be at least 125% of the poverty guidelines as published by the Department of Health and Human Services – DHHS.  The DHHS has three sets of guidelines: (1) for the 48 contiguous states (mainland) and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the US. Virgin Islands, Guam and the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands which includes Saipan; (2) Hawaii and (3) Alaska

The poverty guidelines changes every year. The table below is the Federal Poverty Guidelines for the 48 states for 2013. The household size starts with two (2) instead of just one (1) because if the petitioner is living by him or herself and is only sponsoring one visa applicant then the sponsor’s household size would be only two (2).

Sponsor’s Household Size


48 Contiguous States & Others

































If you need assistance in completing the form and/or in complying with the visa requirements with the National Visa Center up to the US Embassy processing, you may call the Immigrant Visa Center at +632-634-8717.

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About the Author

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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