Affidavit of Support I-134

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

56. What does the NVC do with the I-864?

The NVC will review the I-864 Affidavit of Support for technical completeness and correctness. If the I-864 is not technically correct or complete, the NVC will ask the petitioner or sponsor to correct and complete the I-864 a second time. It will explain what is lacking in the previously submitted I-864.

Note: When a corrected I-864 is returned to the NVC, it will be sent to the embassy or consulate where the applicant will apply for a visa. The NVC will send it with the immigrant visa petition.


57. Does the NVC review I-864 Affidavits of Support for petitions filed at an embassy or consulate abroad?

No, the NVC only reviews I-864 Affidavits of Support for immigrant visa petitions filed at the USCIS office in the U.S. If the petition was filed at a post abroad or the petition was already at post when the NVC began to review I-864 Affidavits of Support, it will not review the I-864.

Note: Unless the NVC communicates with you about the I-864, it is not a part of the I-864 review process.

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58. If the consular officer says the applicant needs a ‘joint sponsor’, does the ‘joint sponsor’ send the I-864 to the NVC for review?

No. If the post asks for a ‘joint sponsor’, the ‘joint sponsor’ should send the completed I-864 directly to the applicant. The applicant will submit the I-864 to the consular officer for review.


59. What is the pilot bond program?

The new immigration law requires that USCIS establish a pilot program in five USCIS district offices under which new immigrants would be required to post bonds in addition to the Affidavits of Financial Support filed by the petitioners or sponsors. The bonds are to be in an amount sufficient to cover the cost of certain benefits and would be in force until immigrants depart, naturalize, or die. Regulations to implement this pilot bond program are currently being prepared