In this article, we give an overview of form I-134, Affidavit for Support of a Foreign Visitor, and discuss some tips for the sponsor who will be signing the form. We’ll answer the following questions:
The individual signing for I-134 must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent residence of the United States. In some instances, the signers may be required to show proof that their income covers the size of the family listed in the Federal Poverty Guidelines and that their income will be at least 125% of the listed amount when sponsoring someone for permanent residence.
The point of form I-134 is for the signer to acknowledge, and for the individual being sponsored, to show that money will be available for the foreign visitor should it be needed and that the foreign visitor should not need to apply for any government assistance programs.
The US consulate can ask the signer to post a bond as a sort of guarantee that the visitor will not outstay his or her time in the country. Essentially, the bond acts like a security deposit which will not be returned in the event of an issue with the visitor. Furthermore, if the individual being sponsored applies for and is rewarded with government assistance the signer can be sued for reimbursement by the government. However, this rarely happens and the suit doesn’t really hold up in court.
Depending on the type of visa applicant, there exists special considerations when an I-134 may be required. Below are a few examples:
Part 1: Information About You (The sponsor signing the form). This section should be pretty straight forward. Just fill in the name, address, and any other identifying information for the US citizen or permanent resident.
Part 2: Information About the Beneficiary. This section is all about the visiting immigrant and should also be straightforward. Even if the immigrant is a fiance, still enter “single” in the marital status. Be as truthful as possible with all the information entered. The sponsor does not have to be a family, friend, or fiance.
Part 3: Other Information About the Sponsor. In this section, the sponsor will enter their place of employment or source of income. This part is crucial in order to provide proof of the ability to financially support the visiting individual. The sponsor may also need to list his or her larger assets, such as home value, automobile, jewelry, appliances, etc. However, if the sponsor’s income is high enough to cover the costs of the visiting immigrant then listing the assets becomes a moot point. Do not exaggerate in this section, especially for a fiance visa, as the sponsor will have to list his or her assets later on for the green card application.
Part 4: Review, Signature, and Inclusion of Interpreter or Attorney Information.
Information attached should help to prove the sponsor’s income and/or assets, including:
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