How to Fill Out Form I-864 for Joint Sponsor

How to Fill Out Form I-864 for Joint Sponsor

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NOTE: The Form I-864 instructions provided below apply to joint sponsors only. 

If you are filing Form I-864 as the petitioning sponsor, use our How to Fill Out Affidavit of Support – Form I-864 guide.

Let’s start with general Form I-864 instructions:

  • Current edition of form: make sure that you are using the current edition of the Form I-864. The most current edition is available on the USCIS website
  • USCIS will reject any outdated editions of the form
  • Joint sponsor will need to sign and date the form
  • Joint sponsor must sign the form in ink. Stamped or typed signatures are not accepted
  • Answer all questions fully and accurately
  • If an item is not applicable or the answer is “none,” type or print “N/A” 
  • If you need extra space to complete any item on Form I-864, go to the last page of the form – Part 11 Additional Information. Indicate the Page Number, Part Number, and Item Number to which your answer refers.

For USCIS Use Only: leave this section blank.

To be completed by an attorney or accredited representative (if any): leave it blank if you are not being represented by an attorney or representative.

Part 1. Basis For Filing Affidavit of Support

I, [enter joint sponsor’s first name, middle name and last name], am the sponsor submitting this affidavit of support because (Select only one box):

1.a. I am the petitioner. I filed or am filing for the immigration of my relative – leave this box blank

1.b. I filed an alien worker petition on behalf of the intending immigrant, who is related to me as my – leave this box blank

1.c. I have an ownership interest of at least 5 percent in ____ which filed an alien worker petition on behalf of the intending immigrant, who is related to me as my – leave this box blank

1.d. I am the only joint sponsor – check this box if you are the only joint sponsor filing Form I-864

1.e. I am the ___ first ____ second of two joint sponsors – check this box if there are two joint sponsoring filing Forms I-864 for the intending immigrant(s). Check the “first” box if you are the first joint sponsor or the “second” box if you are the second joint sponsor.

1.f. The original petitioner is deceased. I am the substitute sponsor. I am the intending immigrant’s – leave this blank

Part 2. Information About the Principal Immigrant

Provide the principal immigrant’s information in this section. 

The principal immigrant is the primary beneficiary of an immigrant visa petition. Dependents (spouse and children) of the principal immigrant are called “derivative beneficiaries”.

1.a. Family Name (Last Name) – enter principal immigrant’s last name.

1.b. Given Name (First Name) – enter principal immigrant’s first name.

1.c. Middle Name – enter principal immigrant’s middle name (if any).

Mailing Address

2.a. – 2.i. – enter the principal immigrant’s mailing address (you can provide a 

Other Information

3. Country of Citizenship or Nationality – enter the principal immigrant’s country of citizenship or nationality.

4. Date of birth (mm/dd/yyyy) – enter the principal immigrant’s date of birth in the month/day/year format.

5. Alien Registration Number (A-number) (if any) – enter the principal immigrant’s Alien Registration Number (A-number, A# or USCIS #). 

A-Numbers are usually assigned when an immigrant petition or application for Adjustment of Status is filed, or if the person has previously been issued an immigrant visa. 

An A-Number is also assigned to asylum seekers and individuals placed in removal or deportation proceedings.

Some applicants may have an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) that lists an A-Number that starts with a “1.” This number is not an A-Number. It is an EAD number and need not be listed here. 

6. USCIS Online Account Number (if any): If the principal immigrant has ever created an USCIS Online Account Number, enter it here.

If you have previously filed certain applications or petitions on a paper form, you may have received a USCIS Online Account Access Notice issuing a USCIS Online Account Number. 

The USCIS Online Account Number (if any) can be found at the top of the notices for the previously filed petition or application. 

The USCIS Online Account Number is NOT the same as an A-Number.

If you don’t know or don’t have an USCIS online account number, leave this field blank.

7. Daytime Telephone Number – enter the principal’s daytime phone number (if the principal immigrant is located outside the US, provide the foreign phone number).

Part 3. Information About the Immigrants You Are Sponsoring

1. I am sponsoring the principal immigrant named in Part 2:

  • Check box “Yes” if the joint sponsor is filing Form I-864 on behalf of the principal immigrant only
  • Check box “No” if you are the second joint sponsor who is sponsoring the derivative beneficiaries (spouse and children of principal immigrant) or you are sponsoring derivative beneficiaries who are immigrating to the U.S. more than 6 months after the principal immigrant

2. I am sponsoring the following family members immigrating at the same time or within six months of the principal immigrant named in Part 2 (Do not include any relative listed on a separate visa petition) – check this box if you are sponsoring the principal immigrant’s family members immigrating at the same time as the principal immigrant or within 6 months

3. I am sponsoring the following family members who are immigrating more than six months after the principal immigrant –  check this box if you are sponsoring the family members of the principal immigrant who are immigrating more than 6 months after the principal immigrant

The section below collects personal information of the principal immigrant’s family members (spouse and children). 

If you are sponsoring the principal immigrant only, enter “N/A” in Family Members 1-5.

Family Member 1

4.a. Family Name (Last Name) – enter the family member’s last name

4.b. Given Name (First Name) – enter the family member’s first name

4.c. Middle Name – enter the family member’s middle name (if any)

5. Relationship to Principal Immigrant – enter “spouse” or “child”

6. Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy) – enter the family member’s date of birth in the month/day/year format

7. Alien Registration Number (A-number) (if any) – enter the family member’s Alien Registration Number (A-number, A# or USCIS #). 

A-Numbers are usually assigned when an immigrant petition or application for Adjustment of Status is filed, or if the person has previously been issued an immigrant visa. 

An A-Number is also assigned to asylum seekers and individuals placed in removal or deportation proceedings.

Some family members may have an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) that lists an A-Number that starts with a “1.” This number is not an A-Number. It is an EAD number and need not be listed here. 

8. USCIS Online Account Number (if any): If the family member has ever created an USCIS Online Account Number, enter it here.

If the family member has previously filed certain applications or petitions on a paper form, you may have received a USCIS Online Account Access Notice issuing a USCIS Online Account Number. 

The USCIS Online Account Number (if any) can be found at the top of the notices for the previously filed petition or application. 

The USCIS Online Account Number is NOT the same as an A-Number.

If you don’t know or don’t have an USCIS online account number, leave this field blank.

Family Member 2

9.a. Family Name (Last Name) – enter the family member’s last name

9.b. Given Name (First Name) – enter the family member’s first name

9.c. Middle Name – enter the family member’s middle name (if any)

10. Relationship to Principal Immigrant – enter “spouse” or “child”

11. Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy) – enter the family member’s date of birth in the month/day/year format

12. Alien Registration Number (A-number) (if any) – enter the family member’s Alien Registration Number (A-number, A# or USCIS #). 

A-Numbers are usually assigned when an immigrant petition or application for Adjustment of Status is filed, or if the person has previously been issued an immigrant visa. 

An A-Number is also assigned to asylum seekers and individuals placed in removal or deportation proceedings.

Some family members may have an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) that lists an A-Number that starts with a “1.” This number is not an A-Number. It is an EAD number and need not be listed here. 

13. USCIS Online Account Number (if any): If the family member has ever created an USCIS Online Account Number, enter it here.

If the family member has previously filed certain applications or petitions on a paper form, you may have received a USCIS Online Account Access Notice issuing a USCIS Online Account Number. 

The USCIS Online Account Number (if any) can be found at the top of the notices for the previously filed petition or application. 

The USCIS Online Account Number is NOT the same as an A-Number.

If you don’t know or don’t have an USCIS online account number, leave this field blank.

Family Member 3

14.a. Family Name (Last Name) – enter the family member’s last name

14.b. Given Name (First Name) – enter the family member’s first name

14.c. Middle Name – enter the family member’s middle name (if any)

15. Relationship to Principal Immigrant – enter “spouse” or “child”

16. Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy) – enter the family member’s date of birth in the month/day/year format

17. Alien Registration Number (A-number) (if any) – enter the family member’s Alien Registration Number (A-number, A# or USCIS #). 

A-Numbers are usually assigned when an immigrant petition or application for Adjustment of Status is filed, or if the person has previously been issued an immigrant visa. 

An A-Number is also assigned to asylum seekers and individuals placed in removal or deportation proceedings.

Some family members may have an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) that lists an A-Number that starts with a “1.” This number is not an A-Number. It is an EAD number and need not be listed here. 

18. USCIS Online Account Number (if any): If the family member has ever created an USCIS Online Account Number, enter it here.

If the family member has previously filed certain applications or petitions on a paper form, you may have received a USCIS Online Account Access Notice issuing a USCIS Online Account Number. 

The USCIS Online Account Number (if any) can be found at the top of the notices for the previously filed petition or application. 

The USCIS Online Account Number is NOT the same as an A-Number.

If you don’t know or don’t have an USCIS online account number, leave this field blank.

Family Member 4

19.a. Family Name (Last Name) – enter the family member’s last name

19.b. Given Name (First Name) – enter the family member’s first name

19.c. Middle Name – enter the family member’s middle name (if any)

20. Relationship to Principal Immigrant – enter “spouse” or “child”

21. Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy) – enter the family member’s date of birth in the month/day/year format

22. Alien Registration Number (A-number) (if any) – enter the family member’s Alien Registration Number (A-number, A# or USCIS #). 

A-Numbers are usually assigned when an immigrant petition or application for Adjustment of Status is filed, or if the person has previously been issued an immigrant visa. 

An A-Number is also assigned to asylum seekers and individuals placed in removal or deportation proceedings.

Some family members may have an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) that lists an A-Number that starts with a “1.” This number is not an A-Number. It is an EAD number and need not be listed here. 

23. USCIS Online Account Number (if any): If the family member has ever created an USCIS Online Account Number, enter it here.

If the family member has previously filed certain applications or petitions on a paper form, you may have received a USCIS Online Account Access Notice issuing a USCIS Online Account Number. 

The USCIS Online Account Number (if any) can be found at the top of the notices for the previously filed petition or application. 

The USCIS Online Account Number is NOT the same as an A-Number.

If you don’t know or don’t have an USCIS online account number, leave this field blank.

Family Member 5

24.a. Family Name (Last Name) – enter the family member’s last name

24.b. Given Name (First Name) – enter the family member’s first name

24.c. Middle Name – enter the family member’s middle name (if any)

25. Relationship to Principal Immigrant – enter “spouse” or “child”

26. Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy) – enter the family member’s date of birth in the month/day/year format

27. Alien Registration Number (A-number) (if any) – enter the family member’s Alien Registration Number (A-number, A# or USCIS #). 

A-Numbers are usually assigned when an immigrant petition or application for Adjustment of Status is filed, or if the person has previously been issued an immigrant visa. 

An A-Number is also assigned to asylum seekers and individuals placed in removal or deportation proceedings.

Some family members may have an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) that lists an A-Number that starts with a “1.” This number is not an A-Number. It is an EAD number and need not be listed here. 

28. USCIS Online Account Number (if any): If the family member has ever created an USCIS Online Account Number, enter it here.

If the family member has previously filed certain applications or petitions on a paper form, you may have received a USCIS Online Account Access Notice issuing a USCIS Online Account Number. 

The USCIS Online Account Number (if any) can be found at the top of the notices for the previously filed petition or application. 

The USCIS Online Account Number is NOT the same as an A-Number.

If you don’t know or don’t have an USCIS online account number, leave this field blank.

If you need more space to provide information about family members, enter it on the last page of the Form I-864 (Page 10, Part 11. Additional Information).

29. Enter the total number of immigrants you are sponsoring on this affidavit which includes the principal immigrant listed in Part 2., any immigrants listed in Part 3., Item Numbers 1.-28.and (if applicable), any immigrants listed for these questions in Part 11. Additional Information. Do not count the principal immigrant if you are only sponsoring family members entering more than 6 months after the principal immigrant – in this box enter the total number of immigrants you are sponsoring on this Form I-864. Note: if you are filling out this form in pdf format in Acrobat Reader, the form will calculate the total number of immigrants automatically. If you do not have an Acrobat Reader on your computer, you can download it for free here

Part 4. Information About You (Sponsor)

This section gathers information about the joint sponsor

Sponsor’s Full Name

1.a. Family Name (Last Name) – enter the joint sponsor’s last name

1.b. Given Name (First Name) – enter the joint sponsor’s first name

1.c. Middle Name – enter the joint sponsor’s middle name

Sponsor’s Mailing Address

2.a. – 2.i. – enter the joint sponsor’s mailing address.

3. Is your current mailing address the same as your physical address?

  • Choose “Yes” if the joint sponsor’s mailing address is the same as the physical address and move to the “Other Information” section
  • Choose “No” if the joint sponsor’s mailing address is different from the physical address. Enter joint sponsor’s physical address in questions 4.a. – 4.h. (“Sponsor’s Physical Address”).

Sponsor’s Physical Address

4.a. – 4.h. – Enter the joint sponsor’s physical address if it is different from the mailing address.

Other Information

5. Country of Domicile – enter the joint sponsor’s country of domicile (most sponsors will enter “US” as the country of their domicile)

6. Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy) – enter the joint sponsor’s date of birth in the month/date/year format

7. City or Town of Birth – enter the joint sponsor’s city or town of birth

8. State or Province of Birth – enter the joint sponsor’s state or province of birth

9. Country of Birth – enter the joint sponsor’s country of birth

10. U.S. Social Security Number (Required) – enter the joint sponsor’s U.S. Social Security Number. This is a mandatory field

Citizenship or Residency

11.a. I am a U.S. citizen – select this box if the joint sponsor is a U.S. citizen

11.b. I am a U.S. national – select this box if the joint sponsor is a U.S. national

11.c. I am a lawful permanent resident – select this box if the joint sponsor is a green card holder

12. Sponsor’s A-number (if any) – enter the joint sponsor’s Alien Registration Number (A-number), if any. U.S. citizens by birth do not have A-numbers. 

A-Numbers are usually assigned when an immigrant petition or application for Adjustment of Status is filed, or if the joint sponsor has previously been issued an immigrant visa. 

An A-Number is also assigned to individuals placed in removal or deportation proceedings.

13. Sponsor’s USCIS Online Account Number (if any)If the joint sponsor has ever created an USCIS Online Account Number, enter it here.

If the joint sponsor has previously filed certain applications or petitions on a paper form, you may have received a USCIS Online Account Access Notice issuing a USCIS Online Account Number. 

The USCIS Online Account Number (if any) can be found at the top of the notices for the previously filed petition or application. 

The USCIS Online Account Number is NOT the same as an A-Number.

If you don’t know or don’t have an USCIS online account number, leave this field blank.

Military Service (To be completed by petitioner sponsors only) – leave this blank

14. I am currently on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces or U.S. Coast Guard – leave this blank

Part 5. Sponsor’s Household Size

This section gathers information about the joint sponsor’s household size 

Note: Do not count any member of your household more than once.

Persons you are sponsoring in this affidavit:

1.Provide the number you entered in Part 3., Item Number 29 – enter the total number of immigrants you are sponsoring on this Form I-864

Persons NOT sponsored in this affidavit:

2. Yourself – the pdf form automatically enters “1” in this field

3. If you are currently married, enter “1” for your spouse – if the joint sponsor is married, enter “1” in this field

4. If you have dependent children, enter the number here – You must count unmarried children under 21 even if you do not have legal custody. If the child is under 21 but reached the age of majority according to the law of the state where they reside and you do not claim them on your tax return.

5. If you have any other dependents, enter the number here – if you claim any other dependents on your federal tax return, enter the number of dependents here. 

6. If you have sponsored any other persons on Form I-864 or Form I-864EZ who are now lawful permanent residents, enter the number here – if you have ever signed Form I-864 for any other immigrant in the past who now obtained permanent resident status, enter the number of immigrants in this field

7. OPTIONAL: If you have siblings, parents, or adult children with the same principal residence who are combining their income with yours by submitting Form I-864A, enter the number here – if you are combining your income with a household member who will sign Form I-864A, enter the number of relatives here

8. Add together Part 5., Item Numbers 1.-7.and enter the number here – if filling out this form in pdf format in Acrobat Reader, the total household size will be calculated automatically. If not using Acrobat Reader to prepare this form, add the number of immigrants you are sponsoring to your household size and enter the total in this field.

Part 6. Sponsor’s Employment and Income

I am currently:

  1. Employed as a/an – check this box if the joint sponsor is employed
  2. Name of Employer 1 – enter the name of joint sponsor’s employer (company name)
  3. Name of Employer 2 (if applicable) – leave this blank if the joint sponsor has only one employer. If the joint sponsor have second employment, enter the name of the second employer (company name)
  4. Self-Employed as a/an (Occupation) – this box must be checked only if the joint sponsor is self-employed. Enter the joint sponsor’s occupation (for example, catering, construction building, landscaping, etc.)
  5. Retired Since (mm/dd/yyyy) – check this box only if the joint sponsor is retired. Enter the joint sponsor’s retirement start date
  6. Unemployed Since (mm/dd/yyyy) – check this box only if the joint sponsor is currently unemployed. Enter the joint sponsor’s unemployment start date.
  7. My current individual annual income is – enter the joint sponsor’s current individual income in $/per year format. Enter the estimated annual income or the last year’s income reported on the federal tax return if the exact amount is unknown. All income must be from legal sources

Income you are using from any other person who was counted in your household size, including, in certain conditions, the intending immigrant (See Form I-864 Instructions). Please indicate name, relationship, and income

The section below must be completed only if the joint sponsor is combining his/her income with their household member’s income. Learn more about using the household member’s income for Affidavit of Support (Form I-864 purposes): Form I-864A, Contract Between Sponsor and Household Member

These household members must be working in the U.S. with authorization and they must complete Form I-864A unless the person is the intending immigrant and has no accompanying or following to join dependents.

An intending immigrant’s income can be used for Affidavit of Support only if that income will continue from the same source after immigration.

If the joint sponsor is using their own income only, enter “N/A” in Persons 1- 4.

Person 1

8. Name – enter the household member’s name

9. Relationship – enter the household member’s relationship to the joint sponsor

10. Current Income – enter the household member’s individual current income in $/per year format

Person 2

11. Name – enter the household member’s name

12. Relationship – enter the household member’s relationship to the joint sponsor

13. Current Income – enter the household member’s individual current income in $/per year format

Person 3

14. Name – enter the household member’s name

15. Relationship – enter the household member’s relationship to the joint sponsor

16. Current Income – enter the household member’s individual current income in $/per year format

Person 4

17. Name – enter the household member’s name

18. Relationship – enter the household member’s relationship to the joint sponsor

19. Current Income – enter the household member’s individual current income in $/per year format

Part 6. Sponsor’s Employment and Income (continued)

20. My Current Annual Household Income (Total all lines from Part 6. Item Numbers 7., 10., 13., 16., and 19.; the total will be compared to Federal Poverty Guidelines on Form I-864P.) –  if you are completing this form in Acrobat Reader, the form will automatically calculate the joint sponsor’s total annual household income. If not using Acrobat Reader, then add the joint sponsor’s individual total income to the household member’s total individual annual income (if any) and enter the total amount in this field.

21. The people listed in Item Numbers 8., 11., 14., and 17.have completed Form I-864A. I am filing along with this affidavit all necessary Form I-864As completed by these people – check this box if the joint sponsor is using the household member’s income and each household member signed and submitted Form I-864A with this application.

22. One or more of the people listed in Item Numbers 8., 11., 14., and 17.do not need to complete Form I-864A because he or she is the intending immigrant and has no accompanying dependents. Name – if the intending immigrant’s income is being used and the intending immigrant has no dependents, enter the intending immigrant’s name in this field.

Federal Income Tax Return Information

This section gathers the joint sponsor’s income information as reported on the federal tax return(s).

23.a. Have you filed a Federal income tax return for each of the three most recent tax years? – Answer “Yes” if you have filed the federal tax return for the last 3 years. Answer “No” if you did not file the federal tax returns for the past 3 years.

The joint sponsor is required to provide the tax documents for at least the last year:

  • Federal tax return and W-2/1099 form(s) for at least the last year, or
  • Federal IRS tax transcript (can be obtained online here)

State tax returns and foreign tax returns do not need to be provided.

23.b. (Optional) I have attached photocopies or transcripts of my Federal income tax returns for my second and third most recent tax years – the joint sponsor is required to provide a federal tax return for the most recent tax year only. Choose this box if the joint sponsor chose to provide copies of the federal tax return for the second and third most recent tax years.

My total income (adjusted gross income on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 1040EZ) as reported on my Federal income tax returns for the most recent tax years was:

24.a. Most Recent – enter the tax year and the total income as reported on the joint sponsor’s most recent tax return (the total income amount can be found on the 1st page of the federal tax return in field 9. Add lines 1z, 2b, 3b, 4b, 5b, 6b, 7, and 8. This is your total income) – 

24.b. 2nd Most Recent – enter the tax year and the total income as reported on the joint sponsor’s 2nd most recent tax return.

24.c. 3rd Most Recent – enter the tax year and the total income as reported on the joint sponsor’s 3rd most recent tax return.

25. I was not required to file a Federal income tax as my income was below the IRS required level and I have attached evidence to support this – select this box only if the joint sponsor was not required to file a federal tax return due to low income.

Part 7. Use of Assets to Supplement Income (Optional)

This part must be completed only if the joint sponsor’s income does not meet the Poverty Guidelines and assets will be used to supplement the income.

If the joint sponsor’s income meets the requirements, leave this section blank.

Your Assets (Optional)

  1. Enter the balance of all savings and checking accounts – enter the joint sponsor’s balance of all savings and checking accounts. Monthly bank statements for the last 12 months must be provided.
  2. Enter the net cash value of real estate holdings (Net value means current assessed value minus mortgage debt) –  enter the joint sponsor’s net cash value of real estate holdings. When using real estate holdings as assets, the joint sponsor will need to provide proof of ownership (deed, title, etc.), recent appraisal completed by a licensed appraiser and mortgage statements.
  3. Enter the net cash value of all stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit, and any other assets not already included in Item Number 1.or Item Number 2 – enter the joint sponsor’s net cash value of investment accounts, CD (Certificates of Deposit) and any other assets not previously listed on this form.
  4. Add together Item Numbers 1.-3.and enter the number here – if preparing this form in Acrobat Reader, the form will automatically calculate the total balance of assets. If not using Acrobat Reader, manually add the Items 1-3 and enter the total balance of assets in this field.

Assets from Form I-864A, Part 4., Item Number 3.d., for:

This section must be completed only if the household member’s assets are being used to supplement the sponsor’s income.

5.a. Name of Relative – enter the household member’s name.

5.b. Your household member’s assets from Form I-864A (optional): enter the total balance of the household member’s assets 

Assets of the principal sponsored immigrant (optional)

This section must be completed only if the intending immigrant’s assets are being used.

If the joint sponsor meets the minimum Poverty Guidelines, leave this section blank.

The principal immigrant’s assets can be used to supplement the joint sponsor’s income regardless of where the immigrant resides.

The principal sponsored immigrant is the person listed in Part 2., Item Numbers 1.a.-1.c. Only include the assets if the principal immigrant is being sponsored by this affidavit of support

  1. Enter the balance of the principal immigrant’s savings and checking accounts – enter the intending immigrant’s balance of all savings and checking accounts. Monthly bank statements for the last 12 months must be provided.
  1. Enter the net cash value of all the principal immigrant’s real estate holdings. (Net value means investment value minus mortgage debt) – enter the intending immigrant’s net cash value of real estate holdings. When using real estate holdings as assets, the intending immigrant will need to provide proof of ownership (deed, title, etc.), recent appraisal completed by a licensed appraiser and mortgage statements.
  1. Enter the current cash value of the principal immigrant’s stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit, and other assets not included in Item Number 6.or Item Number 7 – enter the intending immigrant’s net cash value of investment accounts, CD (Certificates of Deposit) and any other assets not previously listed on this form.
  1. Add together Item Numbers 6.-8.and enter the number here – if preparing this form in Acrobat Reader, the form will automatically calculate the total balance of all assets. If not using Acrobat Reader, manually add the Items 6-8 and enter the total balance of assets in this field.

Total Value of Assets

  1. Add together Item Numbers 4., 5.b.,and 9.and enter the number here – if preparing this form in Acrobat Reader, the form will automatically calculate the total balance of all assets. If not using Acrobat Reader, manually add the value of all assets (joint sponsor’s, household members’ and intending immigrant’s, if applicable) and enter the total balance of assets in this field.

Part 8. Sponsor’s Contract, Statement, Contact Information, Declaration, Certification, and Signature

This section must be completed and signed by the joint sponsor

Sponsor’s Statement

1.a. I can read and understand English, and I have read and understand every question and instruction on this affidavit and my answer to every question – if the joint sponsor can comfortably read and understand the application in English, then check the box in Question 1.a.

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

1.b. The interpreter named in Part 9.read to me every question and instruction on this affidavit and my answer to every question in – if the joint sponsor is not proficient enough in reading English, then a competent interpreter needs to read through the form with you 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 applicant should be entered (for example, Spanish, French, etc.)

2. At my request, the preparer named in Part 10., __________ prepared this affidavit for me based only upon information I provided or authorized – the box for Question 2 should be checked if anyone has prepared the application at joint sponsor’s request. If a preparer was used to prepare this form, Part 10 must be completed too.

Sponsor’s Contact Information

  1. Sponsor’s Daytime Telephone Number – enter the joint sponsor’s daytime phone number (cell phone number can be listed as a daytime phone number)
  1. Sponsor’s Mobile Telephone Number (if any) – enter the joint sponsor’s cell phone number
  1. Sponsor’s Email Address (if any) – enter the joint sponsor’s email address

Sponsor’s Declaration and Certification

Sponsor’s Signature

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

6.b. Date of Signature (mm/dd/yyyy) – the joint sponsor dates the form.

Part 9. Interpreter’s Contact Information, Certification, and Signature

If an interpreter was used to read the form in the native language, then Part 9 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 applicant used; 
  • They have completely read the application to the applicant in that language;
  • The applicant confirmed to understand the contents of the application; and 
  • The applicant verified the accuracy of the application.

Part 9 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 7.a. and 7.b. on Page 8 of the application.

Part 10: Contact Information, Declaration, and Signature of the Person Preparing this Affidavit, if Other Than the Authorized Individual

Part 10 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 application.

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

Part 11. 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. 

Note: Even if no information is provided in Part 11, this page should still be included with the application 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 11 to provide additional information, enter:

  • Joint sponsor’s name 
  • Joint sponsor’s Alien Registration Number (A-Number) (if any)
  • Indicate the Page Number, Part Number, and Item Number to which the answer refers.

Related Links:

What is a Joint Sponsor – Affidavit of Support (Form I-864)

Joint Sponsor Checklist of Documents