Form I-865, Sponsors Notice of Change of Address

Form I-865, Sponsor's Notice of Change of Address

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What is form I-865 used for?

  • Form I-865, Sponsor’s Notice of Change of Address, is used by sponsors who have filed an Affidavit of Support (Form I-864) for an immigrant
  • Affidavit of Support is typically submitted in all family-based immigration cases and some employment-based applications
  • Form I-865 is used to inform the USCIS of change in the sponsor’s address after the submission of the Affidavit of Support
  • Form I-865 must be mailed to USCIS within 30 days of the address change if the Affidavit of Support is still in force
  • Sponsor’s obligations under Form I-864 end when the sponsored immigrant:
    • Becomes a U.S. citizen
    • Has worked, or can be credited with, 40 quarters of coverage under the Social Security Act (generally 10 years)
    • No longer has lawful permanent resident status and has departed the U.S.
    • Becomes subject to removal but applies for and obtains in removal proceedings a new grant of adjustment of status, based on a new Affidavit of Support
    • Dies

Where do I mail form I 865?

A completed and signed Form I-865 must be mailed to one of the following USCIS addresses within 30 days of the sponsor’s address change:

If sponsor’s new address is in:

Mail Form I-865 to:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
USCIS Vermont Service Center
38 River Road
Essex Junction, VT 05479-0001
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
USCIS TSC
Attn: I-865
6046 N. Belt Line Rd., Ste. 865
Irving, TX 75038-0021
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Nevada
USCIS California Service Center
P.O. Box 10485
Laguna Niguel, CA 92607-0485
  • Alaska
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
  • Anywhere not listed (including overseas addresses)
USCIS Nebraska Service Center
P.O. Box 87485
Lincoln, NE 68501-7485

How much income do I need to sponsor my relatives?

The income requirement for sponsoring parents for family-based immigration to the U.S. depends on:

  • Petitioner’s household size
  • Petitioner’s state of residence
  • Current federal poverty guidelines

A sponsor needs to demonstrate an income that is at least 125% of the federal poverty guidelines for their household size.

The sponsor’s household size typically includes:

  • Sponsor
  • Sponsor’s spouse
  • Dependent children
  • Any dependents claimed on the sponsor’s most recent tax return
  • Parents being sponsored

Poverty Guidelines for Affidavit of Support (2024)

For the 48 Contiguous States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands:

Sponsor’s Household Size

100% of HHS Poverty Guidelines*

125% of HHS Poverty Guidelines*

  For sponsors on active duty in the U.S. armed forces who are petitioning for their spouse or child For all other sponsors
2 $19,720 $24,650
3 $24,860 $31,075
4 $30,000 $37,500
5 $35,140 $43,925
6 $40,280 $50,350
7 $45,420 $56,775
8 $50,560 $63,200
  Add $5,140 for each additional person Add $6,425 for each additional person

For Alaska

Sponsor’s Household Size 100% of HHS Poverty Guidelines*

125% of HHS Poverty Guidelines*

  For sponsors on active duty in the U.S. armed forces who are petitioning for their spouse or child For all other sponsors
2 $24,640 $30,800
3 $31,070 $38,838
4 $37,500 $46,875
5 $43,930 $54,913
6 $50,360 $62,950
7 $56,790 $70,988
8 $63,220 $79,025
  Add $6,430 for each additional person Add $8,038 for each additional person

For Hawaii:

Sponsor’s Household Size 100% of HHS Poverty Guidelines*

125% of HHS Poverty Guidelines*

  For sponsors on active duty in the U.S. armed forces who are petitioning for their spouse or child For all other sponsors
2 $22,680 $28,350
3 $28,590 $35,738
4 $34,500 $43,125
5 $40,410 $50,513
6 $46,320 $57,900
7 $52,230 $65,288
8 $58,140 $72,675
  Add $5,910 for each additional person Add $7,387 for each additional person

What is the responsibility of I-864?

When a sponsor signs Form I-864, they are making a legally binding commitment to fulfill the following obligations:

  • Financial Support:
    • The sponsor is obligated to provide financial support to the intending immigrant at an amount not less than 125% of the U.S. federal poverty guidelines for the sponsor’s household size
    • In reality, it does not mean that the sponsor must provide financial support to the immigrant
    • However, since Form I-864 is a legally enforceable contract, the U.S. government or state government may request the sponsor to reimburse any means-tested public benefits received by the immigrant
  • Reimbursement of Means-Tested Public Benefits:
    • If the sponsored immigrant receives means-tested public benefits, the sponsor might be obligated to reimburse the government agency that provided those benefits
    • Means-tested benefits include:
      • Food Stamps
      • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
      • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
      • Medicaid
      • State Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)
  • Notification of Change of Address:
    • The sponsor is required to notify USCIS of any change of address within 30 days of moving by filing Form I-865
  • End of Obligations:
    • Sponsor’s obligations under Form I-864 end when the sponsored immigrant:
      • Becomes a U.S. citizen
      • Has worked, or can be credited with, 40 quarters of coverage under the Social Security Act (generally 10 years)
      • No longer has lawful permanent resident status and has departed the U.S.
      • Becomes subject to removal but applies for and obtains in removal proceedings a new grant of adjustment of status, based on a new Affidavit of Support
      • Dies

Form I-865 filing fee

There is no filing fee to submit Form I-865 with USCIS.

How to fill out Form I-865 step-by-step

Let’s start with general Form I-865 instructions:

  • Current edition of form: make sure that you are using the current edition of the Form I-865. The most current edition is available on the USCIS website
  • USCIS will reject any outdated editions of the form
  • Sign and date the form
  • If you need extra space to complete any item on Form I-865, go to the last page of the form – Part 6. Additional Information. Indicate the Page Number, Part Number, and Item Number to which your answer refers
  • Answer all questions fully and accurately
  • If an item is not applicable or the answer is “none,” type or print “N/A” 
  • You must sign the form in ink. Stamped or typed signatures are not accepted

For USCIS Use Only: leave this section blank.

Part 1. Information About You (Sponsor)

Your Full Name

Questions 1.a.-1.c. – Enter the sponsor’s full name – last name, first name and middle name (if any).

Other Information

Question 2. Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy) – Enter the sponsor’s date of birth in the mm/dd/yyyy format.

Your New Physical Address

Questions 3.a.-3.h. – Enter the sponsor’s new physical address.

Question 4. Effective Date of Change of Address (mm/dd/yyyy) – Enter the date the sponsor moved to the new physical address.

Question 5. Is your new physical address the same as your new mailing address? – Answer “Yes” if your new physical address is the same as your new mailing address. Answer “No” if your new physical address is not the same as your new mailing address. 

Questions 6.a. – 6.i. – If you answered “Yes” to Question 5, leave these questions blank. If you answered “No” to Question 5, enter the sponsor’s new mailing address.

Question 7. Effective Date of Change of Address (mm/dd/yyyy) – Enter the date the sponsor changed their mailing address.

Part 2. Information About the Sponsored Immigrants

Provide the requested information on the person you are sponsoring.

Sponsored Immigrant 1

In this section, provide information about the immigrant(s) you have sponsored.

Questions 1.a.-1.c. – Enter the immigrant’s full name – last name, first name and middle name (if any).

Question 2. Alien Registration Number (A-number) (if any) Enter the immigrant’s Alien Registration Number (also known as an “A-Number”, “A#”, “USCIS #”) here.

A-Number can be found on the immigrant’s green card or immigrant visa.

Sponsored Immigrant 2

Questions 3.a.-3.c. – Enter the immigrant’s full name – last name, first name and middle name (if any).

Question 4.(A-number (if any) Enter the immigrant’s Alien Registration Number (also known as an “A-Number”, “A#”, “USCIS #”) here.

A-Number can be found on the immigrant’s green card or immigrant visa.

Sponsored Immigrant 3

Questions 5.a.-5.c. – Enter the immigrant’s full name – last name, first name and middle name (if any).

Question 6. A-number (if any) Enter the immigrant’s Alien Registration Number (also known as an “A-Number”, “A#”, “USCIS #”) here.

A-Number can be found on the immigrant’s green card or immigrant visa.

Sponsored Immigrant 4

Questions 7.a.-7.c. – Enter the immigrant’s full name – last name, first name and middle name (if any).

Question 8. A-number (if any) Enter the immigrant’s Alien Registration Number (also known as an “A-Number”, “A#”, “USCIS #”) here.

A-Number can be found on the immigrant’s green card or immigrant visa.

If you need additional space to list all immigrants you have sponsored, enter it on the last page of the form (Part 6. Additional Information).

Part 3. Sponsor’s Statement, Contact Information, Certification, and Signature

Question 1.a. – If the sponsor can comfortably read and understand the application in English, then check the box in Question 1.a.

The sponsor should carefully review the entire application for accuracy prior to signing.

Question 1.b. – If the sponsor is not proficient enough in reading English, then a competent interpreter needs to read through the form with the sponsor for accuracy review prior to signing. The interpreter need not be a professional interpreter but should be someone that is able to properly interpret the application. In such a case, the box in Question 1.b should be checked and the language used to interpret the application to the sponsor should be entered (for example, Spanish, French, etc.)

Question 2 – The box for Question 2 should be checked if anyone has prepared the application at the sponsor’s request. 

Indicate whether the preparer is an attorney or not by checking the appropriate box.

If a preparer was used to prepare the form, Part 5 must be completed too.

Sponsor’s Contact Information

Question 3, 4, and 5 – Enter the sponsor’s daytime telephone number, cell phone number (if any), and email address (if any). 

Sponsor’s Certification

Sponsor’s Signature

Question 6.a. Sponsor’s Signature – the sponsor signs the form here. It must be an ink signature. USCIS does not accept stamped or typed signatures.

Question 6.b. – enter the date in mm/dd/yyyy format.

Part 4. Interpreter’s Contact Information, Certification, and Signature

If an interpreter was used to read the form to the sponsor in their native language, then Part 4 must be completed with the information about the interpreter. 

The interpreter must sign and date to certify that they are:

  • Fluent in English and the language the sponsor used; 
  • They have completely read the form to the sponsor in that language;
  • The sponsor confirmed to understand the contents of the form; and 
  • The sponsor verified the accuracy of the form.

Part 4 is completed by entering the full legal name of the interpreter, the interpreter’s mailing address, daytime phone number, cell phone number (if any), email address (if any), and the language used to interpret the application to the applicant. The interpreter must then sign and date the application where indicated at Questions 6.a. and 6.b.

Part 5. Contact Information, Statement, Certification, and Signature of the Person Preparing this Notice, if Other Than the Sponsor

Part 5 is completed by entering the preparer’s full name, organization name (if applicable), mailing address, daytime telephone number, fax number (if any), and email address (if any). 

The box at Question 7.b should be checked if an attorney has prepared the form.

The preparer must sign and date the application where indicated at Questions 8.a. and 8.b. attesting to certifications about the preparation and accuracy of the form.

Part 6. Additional Information

This section can be used if there is not enough space in any other parts of the form to provide all requested information. 

IMPORTANT! Even if no information is provided in Part 6, this page should still must be included with the form when submitted to USCIS. 

If you need additional space, make copies of this page to use to provide all requested information. 

If you are using Part 6 to provide additional information, enter:

  • Sponsor’s name 
  • Indicate the Page Number, Part Number, and Item Number to which the answer refers.

Learn more:

Affidavit of Support, Form I-864

 

Form I-864 Instructions