How To Fill Out I-134 Affidavit Of Support (part 2)
In part 1 of “How To Fill Out I-134 Affidavit of Support“, we went over the basic information about who should fill out the form and what the income requirements are.
If you haven’t reviewed the first part of this series, please click here to learn how to fill out I-134 pages 1-3. This tutorial helps you to know exactly how to answer the questions on this form to avoid making mistakes that causes a delay or denial on your case.
Note that even if you have hired an attorney to fill out the forms for you, be sure to review their work. The last thing you want is to submit a document that has mistakes on it and deal with the consequences months later.
2017 USCIS Income Requirements
Okay, lets review the 2017 income requirements for the I-134 affidavit of support. The numbers below will go up next year but as long as you submit the form to NVC or USCIS in 2017, these numbers are still correct.
Note: not all consulates allow joint sponsors for nonimmigrant visas such as the K1 fiance visa.
In some cases, you can also use the beneficiary’s income to help you meet the requirement but there are restrictions. Another option when you don’t make enough is using assets instead of income. Assets must be liquid (easily convertible to cash) and can include investments, rental properties and cash in the bank.
|100% Poverty Guideline
Active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces
|125% Poverty Guideline
For all other sponsors
How To Fill Out I-134 Affidavit for Support
To fill out I-134 correctly takes a little bit of patience and understanding of what the questions on the form mean. Remember, all questions must be answered even ones that don’t apply to you. If there is a question that doesn’t apply, be sure to type “NA” where you can.
This tells USCIS that you didn’t simply forget to asnwer the question but instead, it didn’t apply to your situation.
Part 3. Other Information About The Sponsor
Questions 17 – 21: These questions continue from page 3 which asks you to list all of your dependents. Please review part 1 of “how to fill out I-134 affidavit of support” tutorial for instructions.
Questions 22a – 25: This questions is asking if you have submitted form I-134 for any other person in the past. Do not include the beneficiary that you are petitioning for right now. This question isn’t time specific so if you’ve sponsored someone using I-134 years ago, be sure to include their here.
Questions 26 – 29: This question asks if you have submitted a visa application for someone. This is where you can include the beneficiary that you are sponsoring now. This can be your fiance if you’re applying for a K1 visa or a tourist/work visa.
Questions 30a – 37: If you have submitted a visa application for more than one person, include additional people here. This can include a child, parent, or spouse. But remember that it’s only asking for name of people who you’ve submitted separate visa applications for. If you petitioned for your fiance and child, they will likely be on the same application.
Question 38: This question wants to know if you WILL or WILL NOT provide specific financial assistance to the beneficiary. This is normally for someone who is sponsoring for a tourist visa. For example, you would say “I intend” if you will provide housing for their stay.
But, for the K1 visa applicants, you do not have to provide specific benefits but if they will be living with you, select “I intent” and explain where they will live and how their expenses will be paid. Since you are expected to get married, USCIS treats the K1 visa similar to an immigrant visa.
Part 4. Sponsor’s Statement & Signature
Question 1a: If you as the sponsor reads and understands English, check this box.
Question 1b: If you have used a interpreter to read the questions to you, check this box and include the interpreter’s name in part 5.
Question 2: If you had someone else fill out the I-134 for you, check this box and include the preparer’s name in part 6.
Questions 3 – 5: Enter your contact information (phone and email).
Questions 6a – 6b: Read the statement carefully and once you agree to it, sign the form and date it. You’re signature must be in black ink so wait until you print out the form before signing it. A digital signature will not be accepted.
Part 5. Interpreter’s Statement, Contact & Signature
Questions 1a – 2: Enter the full name of the person that read the questions to you. They are considered the “interpreter”. This can be anyone and doesn’t need to be someone who does it as a job. Family members who are more fluent in English can be the interpreter.
Question 3a – 3h: Enter the address of the interpreter. If they live with you, enter your address.
Questions 4 – 6: Enter the interpreter’s contact info (phone and email). The interpreter must then certify that they are fluent in English and your native language by typing this language in the box provided.
Question 7a – 7b: The interpreter must sign and date the form.
Part 6. Preparer’s Statement, Contact & Signature
Questions 1a – 2: Enter the full name of the person that completed this form for you. They are considered the “preparer”. This can be anyone and doesn’t need to be someone who does it as a job. Family members who are more fluent in English can be the preparer.
Question 3a – 3h: Enter the address of the preparer. If they live with you, enter your address.
Questions 4 – 7b: Enter the preparer’s contact info (phone and email). The preparer must then certify that they are or are not an attorney.
- If the person filling out the form is NOT an attorney, they must check box 7a.
- If the person filling out the form IS an attorney, they must check box 7b.
- check box “extends” if the attorney is helping you with the entire process.
- check box “does not extend” if the the attorney is only filling out this form for you and nothing else.
Question 8a – 8b: The preparer must sign and date the form.
Part 7. Additional Information
This section allows you to explain some of your answers further or if there wasn’t enough room, you can use this space as well.
Questions 1a – 1c: Enter the sponsor’s full name.
Question 2: Enter the A-number of the sponsor if they immigrated to the US. If you were born int he US, you will not have an A-number and can leave it blank.
Question 3a – 3d: If you need to provide more details on the answers you’ve given on any of the previous pages, enter the page number, part number and item number from the page the question was on.
That’s it! You’ve now learned how to fill out I-134 affidavit of support for nonimmigrant visa applicants. Although this form is not legally binding, you should still take is seriously when completing it.
There are a couple of issues that can come up when completing this form.
- Not making enough money – you’ll need to bring on a joint sponsor.
- Can’t find a joint sponsor – you’ll need to use assets to meet the income requirement.
The I-134 form is intended as a way to guarantee an immigrant that is visit the US temporarily will have someone to financially support them since they are not allowed to work in the US.
If you’re applying for a K1 visa, the I-134 is easier to complete than the I-864 affidavit of support. You have the option to choose which one you’d like to submit. But if you do choose to submit the I-134, you’ll be required fill out form I-864 when you go on to adjust status for a green card.
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