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I-864 Simplified: Your Affidavit of Support Guide to Calculating Household Size

Accurately determining household size for the I-864 Affidavit of Support form is crucial for meeting the financial requirements set by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you calculate household size correctly:

Steps to Determine Household Size for Affidavit of Support:

Note: Some of these people may not be residing with you. Do not count anyone more than once.

1. Primary Sponsor:

- Start with yourself as the primary sponsor. Count yourself as one person.

2. Sponsored Immigrants:

   - Add the number of immigrants you are currently sponsoring on the I-864.

3. Household Members:

- Include any relatives living with you who are dependent on you. This includes:

- Your spouse.

- Your unmarried children under 21 years of age.

- Any other dependents listed on your most recent federal income tax return (ex. parents, siblings).

-Remember not to count anyone more than once.

3. Other Sponsored Immigrants:

- Include any other individuals you have previously sponsored using Form I-864 or Form I-864 EZ, if your financial obligation to them has not yet ended.

5. Optional: If you (the sponsor) have siblings, parents, or adult children with the same principal residence who are combining their income with yours by submitting Form I-864A, count that person.

Income Requirements for the I-864 Affidavit of Support

Once you know your household size, then check the poverty guidelines here to know how much you need to earn. If you do not earn enough, you can get a joint sponsor.

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Important Considerations for the I-864 Affidavit of Support

There are exemptions to having to file an affidavit of support. For example if the permanent residency applicant has earned 40 quarters with the Social Security Administration, then an I-864W would be filed. Go here to find out how many quarters you have earned. If the permanent residency case is based on a previously approved U Visa or VAWA case, an I-864 is not needed.

Make sure your tax returns were prepared properly. Common mistakes we see are not claiming all income or filing as head of household when it should be filing as married. The information you put on your I-864 needs to be consistent with your tax returns.

Documentation: Keep documentation (tax returns, proof of residence, etc.) to support your household size calculation.

Changes in Household: If there are recent changes in your household (e.g., birth of a child, marriage), update your information accordingly.

By following this Affidavit of Support guide, you can ensure an accurate calculation of household size for the I-864 form and avoid delays in your permanent residency case.

However, navigating the complexities of immigration forms and instructions can be challenging. If you need personalized guidance or have specific questions about your situation, don't hesitate to reach out to us. With almost 17 years of experience since 2007, we have helped countless clients successfully complete their immigration journeys.

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