Filing an Affidavit of Support? Calculate the Minimum Income You Need for Free!
Wondering if you can financially support a family- or employment-based immigrant but have no clue whether your income is enough? The solution is very simple. At AmpiChap, we’ve created a free calculator that can help you determine the minimum income you need based on your situation.
How to Use the Calculator
Using the Income Calculator for Affidavit of Support is easy (and free!). You start by adding your basic information such as your date of birth and address. After that, you add more information like the number of people living in your household. It should take you a few minutes to answer all the questions and receive your Income Summary!
Meeting the Minimum Income Requirement Is Not Enough to File an Affidavit of Support
In addition to meeting a certain minimum income level and in order to file Form I-864, Affidavit of Support under Section 213A of the INA, you need to meet a few more requirements. You must:
- Be at least 18 years old;
- Be either a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident (LPR);
- Have a domicile/residence in the United States.
If You Don’t Meet the Minimum Income, Don’t Give Up
On the other hand, if you don’t meet the minimum income, don’t panic. There might still be a way for you to file an Affidavit of Support. You can team up with a joint sponsor who can help you support the visa applicant or use the income of a household member to meet the requirements. In both of these cases, you and the other person supporting the visa applicant will have to submit an Affidavit of Support along with proof of income and proof of your legal status in the U.S.
A Few Important Points To Keep In Mind
- By signing an Affidavit of Support, you take on the legal responsibility of financially supporting the immigrant in question, generally until they become a U.S. citizen or complete 40 quarters of work (approximately 10 years of work).
- The sponsorship can end sooner if the sponsored immigrant ceases to be a lawful permanent resident and moves out of the U.S.
- However, divorce with the sponsored immigrant does not necessarily terminate the sponsorship obligations.
- If the sponsored immigrant receives any means-tested public benefits, you may need to repay the agency that provided those benefits.
Some of our apps at AmpiChap are free and here to help you during your visa journey. Use the Income Calculator for Affidavit of Support now and check out any other app that might help you!