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Affidavit Of Support - Frequently Asked Questions


If the sponsored immigrant qualifies as a household member or dependent, do they need to sign the I-864A?

A sponsored immigrant household member only needs to submit an INS Form I-864A, Affidavit of Support Contract between Sponsor and Household Member, if his or her income will be used to support his or her accompanying spouse and/or children. If there are no accompanying family members, the sponsored immigrant does not complete the I-864A. The sponsored immigrant does not need to complete an I-864A for his or her assets to be included on the Affidavit of Support.


What portions of Federal income tax returns should be submitted with the Affidavit of Support form?

The legal definition of a tax return includes the tax return as well as all supporting supplements, schedules, attachments, or lists which were filed with the return. Sponsors are required to submit all of these materials as they were submitted to IRS for themselves and any other persons whose income is used to qualify.

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Will the Government verify the accuracy of the information?

The State Department and USCIS may verify the accuracy of information provided on, or in support of, the Affidavit of Support with employers and financial or other institutions, as necessary. This may include the Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration.


What if income tax returns have not been filed for each of the most recent three tax years?

A sponsor must include as many of the income tax returns for the most recent three tax years with the Affidavit of Support as he or she was required by law to file. If the sponsor filed fewer tax returns than were required, he or she should contact the Internal Revenue Service to determine how to file retroactively. If fewer than three returns were required for reasons such as less than three years' residency in the U.S. or lack of sufficient income, the sponsor should explain the reasons on the Affidavit of Support.

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