Sponsoring if you are an American Citizen
If you are a U.S Citizen who wants to sponsor or “petition” for your partner, spouse, or minor children that live in America, there is a pretty lengthy process you need to go through to make sure you are applying for the correct application. Not only do you need to fill out the application for them to be supported in America, but also you need to file the application for adjustment of status for their permanent residency, around the same time you file your sponsorship information. You are also required to file a form I- 864 which is an affidavit of support, submit that and your petition for your relative and also include the application for adjustment of status for yourself as a resident.
Affidavit of Support Form- I-864
I-864 is the Affidavit of Support form that you use to show that you have adequate finances to support you and your family when going to the U.S, and that you will not be ending up using and depending on the U.S government for financial support programs. The form is about 16 pages long, should be completed in capital letters and is electronically completed. Once finished, print out and mail it, it is not recommended to submit the form online/ electronically. When it comes to filling out the form the principal immigrant or the person who is going to be the beneficiary of the person who needs the visa, is responsible for submitting their taxes to show they have adequate funds to support their spouse.
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