You should review the affidavit of support with an experienced immigration lawyer. Any defect could result in a denial of your application or petition.
The sponsor needs to complete Form I-864:
- “When your relative has been scheduled for an immigrant visa interview with a consular officer overseas or
- When your relative is about to submit an application for adjustment to permanent resident status with USCIS or with an Immigration Court in the United States. “
Joint sponsors must also complete Form I-864.
“If you are using the income of other household members to qualify, then each household member who is accepting legal responsibility for supporting your relative must complete a separate Form I-864 A, Contract Between Sponsor and Household Member.”
Sponsors must provide:
- Their US federal income tax return for the most recent tax year
- Proof of current employment.
- An explanation – if they weren’t required to file a federal tax return for any of the years in question.
If this information isn’t supplied, the immigrant’s application will be delayed or denied.
“When you have completed the affidavit of support, compiled the necessary documentation, and had the affidavit notarized in the United States or before a U.S. consular or immigration officer, you should provide this packet of information to your relative to submit with his or her application for permanent resident status. If you are given specific instructions to file your affidavit of support directly with the National Visa Center, you should follow those instructions.”