US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a new version of Form I-864P. This form is used to help green card applicants determine whether they or the "sponsoring" relative meets the income requirements for the Affidavit of Support. The sponsor must meet certain income requirements: they must show that their household income is equal to or higher than 125% of the US poverty level for the household size.
The US poverty guidelines change annually, and are lower for Alaska and Hawaii than for the other 48 states. For example, the poverty guidelines for a household of 4 for the lower 48 is now $24,300. In Alaska, the figure is $30,380 and Hawaii is $27,950. Remembering that the US citizen sponsor needs to show 125% of the poverty guidelines on the Affidavit of Support, the income therefore needs to exceed $30375 (lower 48 states), $37,975 (Alaska) and $34,937 (Hawaii).
For more details about the Affidavit of Support, see here.
Martin Immigration Law now has a YouTube channel! We will be posting videos as they are finalized. We hope that this visual medium will help clients understand various aspects of complex US immigration laws more easily. Each video plays for 4 minutes or less, and provides a basic overview of the topic. Future videos will cover nonimmigrant visas, work visas, PERM process, I-140, Adjustment of Status, and any topics you suggest.
Please check out our first video, explaining the permanent residence (green card) process through marriage to a US citizen. Let us know what topics you would like to see covered in future videos.
Elaine Martin has been practising US and global immigration law since 1997. She is an immigrant herself (from Ireland), so has a special understanding of the legal and emotional challenges involved in relocating to a new country.