By signing this document, any household member who is not a sponsored immigrant agrees to allow his or her income to be available to the petitioning sponsor to help support the immigrant beneficiary.

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As part of the application process, the U.S. petitioner will need to fill out a form called an Affidavit of Support, on USCIS Form I-864, on the immigrant’s behalf.

The legal purpose of this Affidavit is to prove that, according to the numbers set forth within the U.S. Poverty Guidelines (see below), the U.S. sponsor’s household income is high enough to support the immigration family members at 125% or more of U.S. poverty line levels.

The I-864 is used to prove that you can financially support the intending immigrant and promises the US government that the beneficiary will not be come a public charge to tax payers. The only way the sponsor is released from this obligation is if the following:

  • Beneficiary (sponsored immigrant(s)) has worked for 40 quarters (10 years)
  • Beneficiary (sponsored immigrant(s)) leaves the US permanently
  • Beneficiary (sponsored immigrant(s)) becomes US citizen
  • Beneficiary (sponsored immigrant(s)) dies.

To count the income of any of these household members, the person must be at least 18 years old and, except for the intending immigrant, execute a the Contract – Form I-864A.

The purpose of this contract is to assist the sponsored immigrant(s) and any other agency or entity to which the sponsor is financially obligated to reimburse because he or she has signed an affidavit of support to sponsor an immigrant. It is a legally-binding contract that can be signed by another household member of the sponsor (who is not a sponsored immigrant him- or herself), making his or her assets and income available to aid the immigrant for whom the sponsor has agreed to support.

Form I-864A, Contract Between Sponsor and Household Member, can help make up the shortcomings if the primary sponsor’s income is not sufficient to meet the minimum financial requirements for sponsoring someone for a green card.


It is not merely enough to share an address with someone to be considered a household member. For the purpose of filing the I-864A, USCIS imposes other criteria. A household member must be 18-years old or more, and belong to one of the following categories:

  • Must be the spouse or dependent of the sponsor as listed on the previous year’s tax return, but not necessarily living at the same address, or
  • Must be the father, mother, brother, sister, or adult child of the sponsor and living at the same address

Household members need not be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Roommates and romantic partners who are unwed are not eligible household members.

Minimum Income Requirements 2018 HHS Poverty Guidelines

Sponsors residence: 48 Contiguous States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam:

What required supporting documents for I-864 Affidavit of Support?

Prove your relationship by submitting a photocopy of Birth certificate or Marriage certificate;Submit a copy of your individual Federal income tax return (including W-2s for the most recent tax year). You may submit this information for the most recent three tax years, pay stubs from the most recent six months and a letter from your employer.For joint sponsor’s: most recent Federal Income Tax Returns

When sponsor’s obligation to support end?

If any public agencies have provided public benefits to the immigrant during the term of the agreement, the government can sue the sponsor for reimbursement.

Obligations under this agreement (Form I-864, Affidavit of Support), will end if the person ether: 

  • Becomes a U.S. citizen;
  • Working, or can receive credit (40 quarters of coverage under the Social Security Act);
  • No longer has lawful permanent resident status and has departed the United States;
  • Is subject to removal, or
  • Dies
Can I use assets to qualify and what assets can be used?

Completing Part 7 of the Form I-864 (Use of Assets to Supplement Income)

You are allowed to count an asset only if you can sell it, and have the resulting cash in the U.S., within 12 months.

Types of assets may include: stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit, and real estate and other forms of property.

Is there a limit on the number of joint sponsors?

There is no limit on the number of joint sponsors. Joint sponsor must meet the 125 percent of the poverty line income requirement for their household size.

Who can be a joint sponsor?

Be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or U.S. national who is at least 18 years of age, and
Have income of at least 125% of the poverty level; and
Be domiciled in the United States ( or its territories)


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your case, and any supporting documentation. Then when you have completed everything, your attorney will check your USCIS forms for accuracy, completeness, adherence to USCIS standards and procedures, and any possible ineligibility/inadmissibility grounds that might come up. Your attorney will tell you how best to address any problems with your petition that they observe, and then you will make the necessary and/or recommended changes. If you elected for the add-on service of having your attorney check your supporting documentation, they will also give you feedback on that. Once you have made the proper changes, you will print your petition, sign where indicated, and then send it off to USCIS in the pre-addressed and pre-paid envelope, we provide. From there, you’ll only have to make sure to respond to any ensuing correspondence or requests from USCIS, should there be any.
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the case our software pre-selected, and make sure it is actually the best option for you. Your attorney will detail the steps for handling your specific immigration matter, and render you any necessary and pertinent legal advice. Addressing your questions, and requesting any documents and information that you’ll need you to provide (such as birth certificates), will also be priorities of the consultation. If you did not already retain Zontlaw formally, your attorney will send you a price quote (with the $150 dollar consultation fee deducted from the cost of your representation); after the consultation. You can then formally sign and retain us as your attorneys. After you make your first payment, your attorney will proceed to the next step. If you have already retained us, you’ll make your first payment if you haven’t already (the one after the $150 minimum), and your attorney will automatically proceed to the next step.

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Your attorney prepares all necessary USCIS forms and any supporting materials in their power. If

there is supporting documentation that only you as the client have access to (ex: former employer letters), they will tell you exactly what you need to do and provide you with samples, so you can get the correct documentation. Once everything is ready, your attorney will compile your case into a professional legal petition, with a cover letter and a table of contents that will please USCIS and/or the other immigration authorities. They will check everything again, and send it to you to print and sign, via our secure online system. You will print and sign your completed case, and mail it to us in the envelope we provide. Your attorney will verify that you signed in the correct places, and they will send it off to the correct USCIS Dropbox, processing center, or other authority. It is possible that USCIS or other immigration authorities may request additional documentation/clarification regarding your petition. Your attorney will handle any such requests, communicating with you as required.
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With more than a decade in the field, Julia Greenberg has earned a reputation as a highly successful immigration attorney. Since 2006, she has represented countless corporate and individual clients in complex matters ranging from removal (deportation) to asylum, family, business and investor’s petitions, and employment-based cases.

Authorized to practice in immigrant courts throughout the United States, Ms. Greenberg may also appear before the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Northern, and Eastern districts of New York, and the New York Supreme Court. Ms. Greenberg takes pride in helping clients who have been unable to get satisfactory results elsewhere. Her honesty and compassion, combined with her expertise and vast knowledge of immigration law make her a formidable opponent in court – resulting in a long list of satisfied clients and positive referrals.

Outside of court, Ms. Greenberg often addresses Congress regarding relevant legislation. She also devotes her spare time to making presentations at local events, where she answers questions for New York’s immigrant community.Ms. Greenberg is a member of the New York City Bar Association, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), where she is a member in good standing in its New York Chapter. Ms. Greenberg is also fluent in Russian.



Becoming a US citizen entails specific rights, duties and following benefits: consular protection outside the United States; ability to sponsor relatives living abroad; ability to invest in US. real property without triggering additional taxes; transmitting US citizenship to children; protection from deportation and others. U.S. law permits multiple citizenship. A citizen of another country naturalized as a U.S. citizen may retain his previous citizenship


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