Form I-864A Essentials: A Guide to the Contract Between Sponsors and Household Members

Form I-864A Essentials

Form I-864A, officially known as the “Affidavit of Support Contract Between Sponsor and Household Member,” is a supplemental form to Form I-864, which is used in the context of immigration to the United States. The primary purpose of Form I-864A is to provide additional support from a household member to help meet the income requirements needed to sponsor an immigrant.

When a U.S. citizen or permanent resident sponsors an immigrant family member, they are required to demonstrate that they have the financial means to support the sponsored individual(s) and prevent them from becoming a public charge. Form I-864A is used when a household member’s income is needed to meet the minimum income requirement, and that household member is willing to be a joint sponsor.

The joint sponsor, who is usually a household member of the primary sponsor, agrees to be jointly responsible for the financial support of the sponsored immigrant(s) along with the primary sponsor. This form helps ensure that there is adequate financial support available to the immigrant, as both the primary sponsor and the joint sponsor combine their income and assets to meet the required threshold.

It’s important to note that Form I-864A is typically used in family-based immigration cases, where a U.S. citizen or permanent resident is sponsoring a family member for an immigrant visa or green card.

Which family members can sign Form I-864A?

Form I-864A, the “Affidavit of Support Contract Between Sponsor and Household Member,” can be signed by certain family members who are willing to act as joint sponsors to support the sponsored immigrant. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) guidelines, eligible household members who can sign Form I-864A include:

  • Spouse: The sponsor’s spouse can sign Form I-864A to provide additional financial support.
  • Unmarried children under 21 years of age: Unmarried children under the age of 21 who are living with the sponsor can also sign Form I-864A.

These family members must be residing in the same household as the primary sponsor (petitioner) and share the same principal residence. By signing Form I-864A, these household members agree to be jointly responsible for financially supporting the sponsored immigrant(s) along with the primary sponsor.

It’s important to note that not all family members are eligible to sign Form I-864A. For example, parents, siblings, or other relatives who do not meet the specified criteria may not be considered eligible household members for the purposes of this form. It’s recommended to carefully review the instructions provided with the form or seek legal advice to ensure compliance with immigration requirements.

How to fill out Form I-864A

Filling out Form I-864A, the “Affidavit of Support Contract Between Sponsor and Household Member,” involves providing accurate and detailed information about both the primary sponsor (petitioner) and the household member who will act as a joint sponsor. Here is a general guide on how to fill out Form I-864A:

  • Part 1: Information About You (Primary Sponsor):
    • Provide your full name, address, date of birth, and Social Security Number (SSN).
    • Indicate your immigration status (e.g., U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident).
    • Include information about the intending immigrant(s) you are sponsoring.
  • Part 2: Information About the Household Member Who Is Joining the Sponsor:
    • Provide the full name, address, date of birth, and SSN of the household member who will be a joint sponsor.
    • Specify the relationship between you (the primary sponsor) and the household member.
  • Part 3: Contract Between Sponsor and Household Member:
    • Read and understand the terms of the contract.
    • Both the primary sponsor and the household member must sign and date the form, acknowledging their agreement to the terms.
  • Part 4: Sponsor’s Statement, Contact Information, Certification, and Signature:
    • The primary sponsor must provide additional information, including contact details and certification of understanding the obligations.
    • Sign and date the form.
  • Part 5: Household Member’s Statement, Contact Information, Certification, and Signature:
    • The household member must provide their information, including contact details and certification of understanding the obligations.
    • Sign and date the form.
  • Supporting Documentation:
    • Include any required supporting documentation, such as tax returns, W-2 forms, and proof of income for both the primary sponsor and the household member.
  • Filing and Submission:
    • Submit the completed Form I-864A along with the primary Form I-864 and other supporting documents to the appropriate U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office as part of the overall immigration application package.

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