Instructions
I-864A, Contract Between
Sponsor and Household Member
Form I-864A Instructions (Rev. 01/15/06)N
What Is This Form?
How Should I Complete This Form?
OMB No. 1615-0075; Expires 09/30/2006
Print clearly or type your answers using CAPITAL letters.
Attach a separate sheet of paper (or more sheets if
necessary);
Use black or blue ink.
If you need extra space to answer any item:
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Write your name, U.S. Social Security number and the
words "Form I-864A" on the top right corner of the
sheet; and
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Write the number and subject of each question for which
you are providing additional information.
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The USCIS website (www.uscis.gov);
The National Customer Service Center (NCSC) telephone
line at 1-800-375-5283 TTY: (1-800-767-1833); or
Your local USCIS office by using InfoPass.
What Is a Sponsor?
A ''sponsor'' is a person, either the petitioning relative, a
relative with a significant ownership interest in the petitioning
entity, a substitute in the case of a deceased petitioner, or
another person accepting joint and several liability with the
sponsor, who completes and files Form I-864, Affidavit of
Support under Section 213A of the Act on behalf of an
intending immigrant. A sponsor must be an individual and
may not be an enterprise, a business, or any other type of
organization.
Who May Be Considered a "Household
Member" for Purposes of This Form?
A relative who has the same principal residence as the
sponsor and is related to the sponsor as a spouse, adult
child, parent, or sibling;
A relative or other person whom the sponsor has lawfully
claimed as a dependent on the sponsor's most recent Federal
income tax return even if that person does not live at the
same residence as the sponsor;
The intending immigrant, in certain circumstances. (See
"How Can the Intending Immigrant Be Considered a
Household Member"?)
How Can the Intending Immigrant
Be Considered a Household Member?
The intending immigrant has the same principal residence
as the sponsor and the intending immigrant can establish
that his or her income will continue from the same source,
even after acquisition of permanent residence.
The intending immigrant is the sponsor's spouse and the
intending immigrant can show that his or her income will
continue from the same source after acquisition of
permanent residence.
Why Does a Household Member
Complete This Form?
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Form I-864A Instructions (Rev. 01/15/06)N Page 2
If the Intending Immigrant Is a Household
Member, Must He or She Complete This Form?
Step-by-Step Instructions.
If you, the household member, are also the sponsored
immigrant, check box (a) or (b) as applicable.
If you check box (a) (married to the sponsor), you do not
have to reside with the sponsor, but you must provide
proof that your income will continue from the same
source after immigration. If you check box (b) (not
married to the sponsor), you must provide proof that you
currently have the same principal residence as the sponsor
and that your income will continue from the same source
after immigration.
Household Member's Relationship to the Sponsor.
8.
Household Member's Federal Income Tax
Information.
11.
Do not submit copies of your State income tax returns.
Do not submit any tax returns that you filed with any
foreign government unless you are claiming that you were
not required to file a Federal tax return with the United
States government and you wish to rely on the foreign
return solely to establish the amount of your income that
was not subject to tax in the United States.
Part 1. Information on the Household Member.
If you are the household member completing this form,
but are not the intending immigrant, check box (c), and
check the box below that describes your relationship to
the sponsor. If you check "dependent," you must be listed
as a dependent on the sponsor's most recent Federal tax
return. You do not have to provide proof that you have
the same principal residence as the sponsor. If you check
any other relative except for spouse, you must provide
proof of the relationship and that you have the same
principal residence as the sponsor.
You may include evidence supporting your claim about
your expected income for the current year if you believe
that submitting this evidence will help you establish
ability to maintain sufficient income. You are not
required to submit this evidence, however, unless
specifically instructed to do so by a Government
official. For example, you may include a recent letter
from your employer, showing your employer's address
and telephone number, and indicating your annual salary.
You may also provide pay stub(s) showing your income
for the previous six months. If your claimed income
includes alimony, child support, dividend or interest
income, or income from any other source, you may also
include evidence of ability to maintain that income.
You must provide either an IRS transcript or a photocopy
from your own records of your Federal individual income
tax return for the most recent tax year. If you believe
additional returns may help you to establish your ability to
maintain sufficient income, you may submit transcripts or
photocopies of your Federal individual income tax returns
for the three most recent years.
You are not required to have the IRS certify the transcript
or photocopy unless specifically instructed to do so by a
Government official; a plain transcript or photocopy is
acceptable. Telefile tax records are not acceptable proof
of filing.
Check all boxes that apply to you. A sponsor may not
rely on a household member's income from illegal
activities, such a proceeds from illegal gambling or drug
sales, to meet the income requirements, even if the
household member paid taxes on that income.
Household Member's Employment.
9.
Current Individual Annual Income.
10.
Enter your current individual earned or retirement annual
income that you are using to meet the requirements of this
form and indicate the total on this line.
If you provide a photocopy of your tax return(s), you
must include a copy of each and every FormW-2 and
Form 1099 that relates to your return(s). Do not include
copies of these Forms if you provide an IRS transcript of
your return(s) rather than a photocopy.
If you checked box 9(b) (self-employed), you should have
completed one of the following forms with your Federal
income tax return: Schedule C (Profit or Loss from
Business), Schedule D (Capital Gains), Schedule E
(Supplemental Income or Loss) or Schedule F (Profit or
Loss from Farming). You must include each and every
Form 1040 Schedule, if any, that you filed with your
Federal tax return.
Form I-864A Instructions (Rev. 01/15/06)N Page 3
Complete this item only if the sponsor is using the value
of your assets to help meet the requirements of the
affidavit of support. If you are using only your income to
help the sponsor meet the requirements, do not complete
this item.
If you are the intending immigrrant and have no
accompanying dependents, then do not list your assets on
this form. Instead, your assets must be listed on item 24
of Form I-864.
Only assets that can be converted into cash within 1 year
and without considerable hardship or financial loss to the
owner may be included. The owner of the asset must
include a description of the asset, proof of ownership, and
the basis for the owner's claim of its net cash value.
You may include the net value of your home as an asset.
The net value of the home is the appraised value of the
home, minus the sum of any and all loans secured by a
mortgage, trust deed, or other lien on the home.
Assets.
12.
The Government may pursue verification of any information
provided on or in support of this form, including employment,
income, or assets with the employer, financial or other
institutions, the Internal Revenue Service, or the Social
Security Administration. If you include in this form any
information that you know to be false, you may be liable for
criminal prosecution under the laws of the United States.
Penalties.
Read the household member's promise carefully, print your
name, and then sign and date the form. If you do not print
your name on line 15 and sign and date the form on line
16, the intending immigrant cannot be issued a visa or be
granted adjustment of status based upon the income and/
or assets listed on this form.
Part 3. Household Member's Promise.
If the sponsor you are promising to make your income
available to is sponsoring the the principal intending
immigrant (the sponsor should have “Yes” as his or her answer
to item number 8 of his or her Form I-864), you should list the
intending immigrant on line “a” of Item 13 and then list on
lines “b” through “f” any spouse and any and all children that
appear on lines 9a through 9e of the sponsor's Form I-864.
If the sponsor you are promising to make your income
available to is not sponsoring the intending immigrant (this
should be true only in cases with two joint sponsors, with
“No” checked on item 8 of the sponsor's Form I-864), then do
not list the intending immigrant on line “a” of Item 13 on this
form. Instead, list on lines “a” through “f” any spouse and any
and children that appear on lines 9a through 9e of the
sponsor's Form I-864.
Part 2. Sponsor's Promise.
If you were required to file a Federal income tax return
during any of the previous three tax years but did not do
so, you must file any and all late returns with IRS and
attach an IRS-generated tax return transcript documenting
your late filing before submitting the Form I-864A. If
you were not required to file a Federal income tax return
under U.S. tax law because your income was too low,
attach a written explanation
.
If you were not required to file a Federal income tax
return under U.S. tax law for any other reason, attach a
written explanation including evidence of the exemption
and how you qualified for it. Residence outside of the
United States does not exempt U.S. citizens or lawful
permanent residents from filing a U.S. Federal income tax
return. See "Filing Requirements" in the IRS Form 1040
Filing Instructions to determine whether you were
required to file.
For purposes of this form, the line for gross (total) income
on IRS Forms 1040 and 1040A will be considered when
determining income. For persons filing IRS Form 1040
EZ, the line for adjusted gross income will be considered.
Obtaining Tax Transcripts. You may use Internal
Revenue Service (IRS) Form 4506-T to request tax
transcripts from the IRS. Complete IRS Form 4506-T
with the ending date for each of your three most recent
tax years listed on line 9. Follow all instructions for
completing and filing Form 4506-T with the IRS.
If you wish to include the net value of your home, this,
you must include documentation demonstrating that you
own it, a recent appraisal by a licensed appraiser, and
evidence of the amount of any and all loans secured by a
mortgage, trust deed, or other lien on the home. You may
not include the net value an automobile unless you show
that you have more than one automobile, and at least one
automobile is not included as an asset.
Other Information.
Privacy Act Notice.
Authority for the collection of the information requested on
this form is contained in 8 U.S.C. 1182a(4), 1183a, 1184(a),
and 1258.
Form I-864A Instructions (Rev. 01/15/06)N Page 4
If you have comments regarding the accuracy of this estimate,
or suggestions for making this form simpler, write to U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services, Regulatory
Management Division, 111 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20529: OMB No. 1615-0075. Do not mail
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Use InfoPass for Appointments.
As an alternative to waiting in line for assistance at your local
USCIS office, you can now schedule an appointment through
our internet-based system, InfoPass. To access the system,
visit our website at www.uscis.gov. Use the InfoPass
appointment scheduler and follow the screen prompts to set up
your appointment. InfoPass generates an electronic
appointment notice that appears on the screen. Print the notice
and take it with you to your appointment. The notice gives the
time and date of your appointment, along with the address of
the USCIS office.
The information will be used principally by USCIS, a
Consular Officer, or an immigration judge to whom it is
furnished, to accompany a sponsor's Form I-864, Affidavit of
Support, which supports an alien's application for benefits
under the Immigration and Nationality Act, specifically the
assertion that he or she has adequate means of financial
support and will not become a public charge.
Submission of the information is voluntary. Failure to provide
the information may result in denial of the application for an
immigrant visa or adjustment of status.
The information may as a matter of routine use be disclosed to
other Federal, State and local agencies providing means-tested
public benefits for use in civil action against the sponsor for
breach of contract. Social Security numbers may be verified
with the Social Security Administration. It may also be
disclosed as a matter of routine use to other Federal, State,
local, and foreign law enforcement and regulatory agencies to
enable these entities to carry out their law enforcement
responsibilities.
I-864A, Contract Between
Sponsor and Household Member
OMB No. 1615-0075; Expires 09/30/2006
Part 1. Information on the Household Member. (You.)
Middle Name
1. Name
Last Name
First Name
State or Province
2. Mailing Address
Street Number and Name (include apartment number)
City
Zip/Postal Code
Country
4. Telephone Number
(Include area code or country and city codes)
5. Date of Birth
(mm/dd/yyyy)
7.
U.S. Social Security
Number (if any)
This I-864A relates to
a household member
who:
is the intending
immigrant.
is not the intending
immigrant.
Reviewer
Location
Date (mm/dd/yyyy)
State or Province
3. Place of Residence
Street Number and Name (include apartment number)
City
Zip/Postal Code
Country
(if different from
mailing address)
6.
Place of Birth
City
State/Province
Country
8.
a.
I am the intending immigrant and also the sponsor's spouse.
Relationship to Sponsor (Check either a, b or c)
b.
I am the intending immigrant and also a member of the sponsor's household.
c.
I am not the intending immigrant. I am the sponsor's household member. I am
related to the sponsor as his/her.
Spouse
Son or daughter (at least 18 years old)
Other dependent (specify)
Parent
Brother or sister
Form I-864A (Rev. 01/15/06)N
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
For Government
Use Only
$___________________________.
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Use Only
9.
I am currently:
Employed as a/an .
a.
Name of Employer # 1 (if applicable) .
Name of Employer #2 (if applicable) .
Self-employed as a/an .
b.
Retired from
c.
Unemployed since
d.
since .
(Company Name)
(mm/dd/yyyy)
(mm/dd/yyyy)
My current individual annual income is: $__________________________________________.
10.
11. Federal income tax information.
12.
My assets (complete only if necessary)
Enter the balance of all cash, savings, and checking accounts.
a.
Enter the net cash value of real-estate holdings. (Net means
assessed value minus mortgage debt.)
b.
$___________________________.
Enter the cash value of all stocks, bonds, certificates of
deposit, and other assets not listed on line a or b.
c.
$___________________________.
Add together Lines a, b, and c and enter the number here.
d.
$___________________________.
(Optional) I have attached photocopies or transcripts of my Federal tax returns for my
second and third most recent tax years.
I have filed a Federal tax return for each of the three most recent tax years. I have
attached the required photocopy or transcript of my Federal tax return for only the
most recent tax year.
Tax Year
$
(most recent)
My total income (adjusted gross income on IRS Form 1040EZ) as reported on my
Federal tax returns for the most recent three years was:
$
(2nd most recent)
$
(3rd most recent)
Total Income
Certify under penalty under the laws of the United States that all the information provided on this
form is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief and that the Federal income tax
returns submitted in support of the contract are true copies or unaltered tax transcripts filed with
the Internal Revenue Service.
Form I-864A (Rev. 01/15/06)N Page 3
For Government
Use Only
13.
I, THE SPONSOR,
(Print Name)
b.
c.
d.
a.
U.S. Social Security
Number (if any)
Date of Birth
(mm/dd/yyyy)
A-number (if any)
Name
e.
(Sponsor's Signature)
(Date--mm/dd/yyyy)
Part 2. Sponsor's Promise.
Part 3. Household Member's Promise.
I, THE HOUSEHOLD MEMBER,
15.
(Print Name)
a.
Promise to provide any and all financial support necessary to assist the sponsor in maintaining the
sponsored immigrant(s) at or above the minimum income provided for in section 213A(a)(1)(A)
of the Act (not less than 125 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines) during the period in
which the affidavit of support is enforceable;
b.
c.
d.
Consideration where the household member is also the sponsored immigrant: I understand
that if I am the sponsored immigrant and a member of the sponsor's household that this promise
relates only to my promise to be jointly and severally liable for any obligation owed by the
sponsor under the affidavit of support to any of my dependents, to any agency of the Federal
Government, to any agency of a State or local government, and to provide any and all financial
support necessary to assist the sponsor in maintaining any of my dependents at or above the
minimum income provided for in section 213A(s)(1)(A) of the Act (not less than 125 percent of
the Federal poverty line) during the period which the affidavit of support is enforceable.
(Household Member's Signature)
(Date--mm/dd/yyyy)
I authorize the Social Security Administration to release information about me in its records to the
Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
e.
14.
16.
Agree to be jointly and severally liable for payment of any and all obligations owed by the
sponsor under the affidavit of support to the sponsored immigrant(s), to any agency of the Federal
Government, to any agency of a State or local government, or to any other private entity that
provides means-tested public benefit;
in consideration of the household member's promise to support the following intending immigrant(s)
and to be jointly and severally liable for any obligations I incur under the affidavit of support, promise
to complete and file an affidavit of support on behalf of the following
immigrant(s) (see Step-by-Step instructions).
in consideration of the sponsor's promise to complete and file an affidavit of support on behalf of the
above named intending immigrant(s):
(Indicate Number)
named intending
(Number from line 13)
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