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Affidavits of Support

In 1996, Congress passed a new immigration law which created a requirement that family-sponsored immigrants receive a legally-binding affidavit of support signed by their petitioner. This requirement also applies to the beneficiary of an employment-based petition if the petition is submitted by a relative or by a company in which a relative holds a significant ownership interest.

Requirements for the Affidavit

For the affidavit of support to be acceptable to government, the affidavit must be executed as a contract:

1. In which the sponsor agrees to support the immigrant at an amount not less than 125% of the federal poverty guidelines unless either the immigrant becomes a citizen of the U.S. or until the immigrant (or the immigrant’s spouse or parent) been employed in the U.S. for a minimum of 10 years (or 40 qualifying calendar quarters

2. Which is legally enforceable against the sponsor by each of the following persons or entities: the immigrant, the federal and the state government, or by another entity which provides means-tested public assistance to the immigrant

3. Where the sponsor agrees to accept the jurisdiction of any federal or state court.

We hope that this page helps you to understand and comply with the affidavit of support requirement.

The Affidavits of Support are divided into the following subtopics:

How Do I File An Affidavit of Support for a Relative? (USCIS)

• Fact Sheet: Final Rule Regarding Affidavit of Support (USCIS) – (6-21-06)

• General Information & Frequently Asked Questions Affidavit of Support (State Department)

HHS Poverty Income Guidelines

• The 2011 HHS Poverty Income Guidelines

• The 2010 HHS Poverty Income Guidelines

• The 2009 HHS Poverty Income Guidelines

• The 2008 HHS Poverty Income Guidelines

• The 2007 HHS Poverty Income Guidelines

• The 2006 HHS Poverty Income Guidelines

• The 2005 HHS Poverty Income Guidelines

• The 2004 HHS Poverty Income Guidelines

• The 2003 HHS Poverty Income Guidelines

• The 2002 HHS Poverty Income Guidelines

• The 2001 HHS Poverty Income Guidelines

• The 2000 HHS Poverty Income Guidelines

• The 1999 HHS Poverty Income Guidelines

• The 1998 HHS Poverty Income Guidelines

• The 1997 HHS Poverty Income Guidelines

• The 1996 HHS Poverty Income Guidelines