USCIS has released the 2008 poverty guidelines on form I-864P
to be used in calculating the required income for Affidavits of Support (I-864).
These poverty guidelines will remain in effect until spring 2009, when the new
guidelines are released. The 2008 guidelines reflect changes in the amount of
income that is now required under the new guidelines and generally with each increase
in household size, the amount of income has increased.
You can view the new guidelines (I-864P) by clicking here.
The Affidavit of Support (I-864) is required for most family-based immigrants
and some employment-based immigrants to show that they have adequate means of
financial support and that they are not likely to become a public charge.
If your income alone is not sufficient to meet the requirement for your household
size, the intending immigrant will be ineligible for an immigrant visa or adjustment
of status, unless the requirement can be met using any combination of the following:
- Income from the intending immigrant, if that income will continue from
the same source after immigration, and if the intending immigrant is currently
living in your residence. If the intending immigrant is your spouse, his or
her income can be counted regardless of current residence, but it must continue
from the same source after he or she becomes a lawful permanent resident.
- Income from any relatives or dependents living in your household or dependents
listed on your most recent Federal tax return who signed a Form
- The value of your assets, the assets of any household member who has signed
a Form I-864A, or the assets of the intending immigrant;
- A joint sponsor whose income and/or assets equal at least 125 percent of
the Poverty Guidelines.