Among the documents required for submission is the I-864 Affidavit of Support and the documents that go with it such as the latest tax returns; letter of employment; W2 forms and don't forget - payment of the $80 processing fee bill for the pettioner and $404 for each visa applicant.

The petitioner must prove that he/she has the financial ability to support the person being sponsored in either of the F1 (Over 21, unmarried son/daughter of US Citizen), F2A (Spouse and minor, unmarried below 21 child of green card holder), F2B (Over 21, unmarried son/daughter of a green card holder), F3 (Married sons and daughters of US citizens) or F4 (Sisters/brothers of adult US citizens) categories.  Petitioners must submit the I-864 Affidavit of Support and if the petitioner does not have income or the income is not sufficient, the petitioner must have a Joint or Co-Sponsor.  The income that the petitioner has determines whether the visa applicant could be issued the visa and not be considered inadmissible due to public charge reasons (perceived use of public funds or government money).  The petitioner and/or Joint sponsor is responsible for the sponsored visa applicant for 10 years or the applicant becomes a U.S. citizen whichever comes first.

Each year, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) publishes the guidelines to determine whether a petitioner has sufficient income to support the visa applicant (and family members or derivative beneficiaries) as well as family members living in the same household as the petitioner.  The 2012 Federal Poverty guideline is shown below. For assistance in completing an I-864 and procedural guidelines with the new Consular Building at the U.S. Embassy, you may call the Immigrant Visa Center at 02-634-8717.

 

 

2012 POVERTY GUIDELINES FOR THE 48 CONTIGUOUS STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

 

                   Persons in family/household                                 Poverty guideline

                                1                                                                       $11,170

                                2                                                                         15,130

                                3                                                                         19,090                                

 

                                5                                                                         27,010

                                6                                                                         30,970

                                7                                                                         34,930

                                8                                                                         38,890

     For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $3,960 for each additional person.

 

2012 POVERTY GUIDELINES FOR ALASKA

                   Persons in family/household                                 Poverty guideline

                                1                                                                       $13,970

                                2                                                                         18,920

                                3                                                                         23,870

                                4                                                                         28,820

                                5                                                                         33,770

                                6                                                                         38,720

                                7                                                                         43,670

                                8                                                                         48,620

     For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4,950 for each additional person.

 

2012 POVERTY GUIDELINES FOR HAWAII                  

                    Persons in family/household                                 Poverty guideline

                                1                                                                       $12,860

                                2                                                                         17,410

                                3                                                                         21,960

                                4                                                                         26,510

                                5                                                                         31,060

                                6                                                                         35,610

                                7                                                                         40,160

                                8                                                                         44,710

     For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4,550 for each additional person.

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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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