K Visas and the I-134 Affidavit of Support (IV)

THE K PACKET

U.S. immigration law requires that all K nonimmigrant visa applicants establish that they are not likely to become a public charge.  Petitioners in K visa cases are generally expected to provide the adequacy of their own financial resources to ensure that applicants, after admission into the United States, will not become primarily dependent on the U.S. Government for subsistence. 

While our immigration law does not disallow joint sponsorships for K nonimmigrant visa applicants, joint sponsors in nonimmigrant visa cases are not legally bound to address the financial needs of the applicant and are, therefore, not always sufficiently credible to overcome the public charge provisions of Section 212(a)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.  For this reason, petitioners should be able to demonstrate their ability to maintain an income of at least 100% of the federal poverty guidelines for their prospective household sizes.

For the consular officer to be able to evaluate the ability of the petitioner to financially support the applicant in the U.S., an I-134 Affidavit of Support should be submitted together with a copy of the petitioner’s most recent federal income tax return (Form 1040) and wage statements (W2).  If the petitioner is unable to provide a Form 1040, he/she must submit other credible evidence of assets to meet the federal poverty guidelines.  Such assets could include bank accounts, stock, personal property, real estate, and non-taxable sources of income such as Social Security payments, which should be available in the U.S. for the applicant’s support and must be readily convertible to cash within one year.

For information about financial sponsorship guidelines, you may visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website

For more information about the Form 1040 and W2s, see our recent post.

96 thoughts on “K Visas and the I-134 Affidavit of Support (IV)

  1. Good day sir/madam! My question is about paystub. I am waiting now for my approval from USCIS and i am applying for a K1 fiancee visa. My fiance is SELF-EMPLOYED and he is paid in cash (He is stable and currently working). The only documentation we can provide besides his Recent Federal Income Tax Return (Form 1040), Tax Return Transcript, Affidavit of Support I-134, His explanation of his Self-Employment, a letter from his friend who refers him clients is HIS BANK STATEMENTS AND HIS BANK LETTER. My question is will my fiance’s BANK STATEMENTS (where he deposits all his earnings weekly) and BANK LETTER IS ENOUGH PROOF FOR HIS CURRENT SUSTAINED INCOME? Sir/Madam he is paid in cash by his clients. He has no documentation/receipt when clients paid for his services.

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.

      Fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens (K1) are required to submit the I-134 Affidavit of Support together with a copy of the petitioner’s most recent Federal income tax return (Form 1040). Employment letters stating salaries and bank statements may be included to substantiate the I-134. If the petitioner is unable to provide a Form 1040, he must submit other credible evidence of assets to meet Federal poverty guidelines for his prospective household size. Such assets could include bank accounts, stock, personal property, real estate and non-taxable sources of income such as Social Security payments which should be available in the U.S. for the applicant’s support and must be readily convertible to cash within one year. The consular officer determines if any additional documents are needed as the application is processed.

    • Hi,
      I am an international student and my cousin gave me affidavit support(I-134)
      I completed one course in university and looking forward for registering next course.The problem is that my cousin is supposed to support my fees n expenses.But now he is not ready to support me financially.I am not able to find out the money for my studies if he didn’t support.In this case what i can do?If he was not ready to support me why did he gave affidavit support.Actually this is cheating. Right?Will you please tell me what can i do in this case to get financial support from him?

  2. Hello VISAtisfied Voyager.
    If my income is more than double the Federal poverty guidelines for my household size, and I have adequate proof (income tax forms, W-2 forms, pay stubs, letter of employment), do I still need to fill out the lines about my assets? I’ve read that I don’t need to on some websites, but the form looks like it requires that information no matter what. I’ve read the instructions several times, and it doesn’t give any guidance either way. Also, I’ve read that whatever assets that you put down need to be extra (can’t be you primary residence or only vehicle). Is that true?

    • Fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens (K1) are required to submit the I-134 Affidavit of Support together with a copy of the petitioner’s most recent Federal income tax return (Form 1040). Employment letters stating salaries and bank statements may be included to substantiate the I-134. If the petitioner is unable to provide a Form 1040, he must submit other credible evidence of assets to meet Federal poverty guidelines for his prospective household size. Such assets could include bank accounts, stock, personal property, real estate and non-taxable sources of income such as Social Security payments which should be available in the U.S. for the applicant’s support and must be readily convertible to cash within one year.

  3. Dear Sir/Madam,

    I have a two year old daughter with an immigrant which will be a u.s. citizen in few mos time. If he petitioned me as a fiancee (k1) and our daughter as (k2) can we leave at the same time? Can our daughter not travel as k2 and just convert as a child of an american citizen?

    Thank you very much for your valuable input and guidance! More power!

    Best regards,
    Kitchie

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.
      You and your daughter may be petitioned as K-1 and K-2 at the same time, and interview the same day for your visas.

  4. my father’s son was a US citizen…can he apply for a green card to work in US…we are separated for so many years….my son is 34 years old and a naturalized filipino citizen…please help us what to do…

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.
      Do you mean to say that your son’s father was an American citizen? If this is the case, you may contact the Embassy’s American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit by email at ACSInfoManila@state.gov regarding your concerns.

  5. VISAtisfied Voyager,
    Yes, I am aware of those requirements and I am fairly certain that I meet the federal poverty guidelines based on my income alone and don’t need to use my assets. I would prefer not to use my assets because of the extensive amount of work required to prove that they are viable assets. ie. getting a letter from my bank detailing my account, trying to obtain all of the certificate numbers from the stocks in my 401k, etc. However, the question that I have is, if I don’t put down all of my assests on the form, then will that be construed as an “OMISSION OF FACTS”? Also, if I fill in the values on the form, then do I have to provide all the information for them even though I don’t need to use them to prove that I meet the federal poverty guidelines? Supposedly, the I-134 is a short version of the I-864, and everyone is saying to use those guidlines for filling out the I-134 form because you will have to use it when you do the AOS. If that’s the case, then when you look at form I-864 it clearly states that using assests is optional and not necessary if you have enough income. I am just trying fill out this form as honestly as possible without having to jump over a bunch of hurdles that I don’t need to.
    Mark

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.
      You need not fill in the asset portion of the I-134 if your earned income exceeds poverty guidelines.

  6. Good day Ma’am/ Sir . I’m a K1 applicant. My question is regarding the financial support. I went to embassy, and i had a problem regarding my fiance’s income, Its says its not enough. The consular officer didn’t denied me instead asked to mail a documentation and stating that my Fiance will have enough money to support me. And then send it to the US Embassy as soon as possible. Can anybody tell me what is the right documentation, because i asked twice and it is not clear, I’m sorry. :(
    Thank you, and I’m hoping for you reply. God bless!

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.
      To enable us to be more responsive to your inquiry, please send an e-mail to IVManilaReplies@state.gov with your complete name and case number.

      • The CO asked my fiance to have some evidence of Current sustained income. So we both don’t know what exactly we need to send the embassy. Because i have his ITR’s, W2, I-134, pay stubs, checks, and everythingThank you !

        • Thank you for your interest in VISAtisfied Voyager. For specific information regarding your visa case, please send an email to IVManilaReplies@state.gov, with your complete name, 10-digit visa case number, and current contact information clearly indicated.

    • Hi annette. I have the same problem with my case. Did you recieve any clear instructions as to what documentation they need? Your reply is highly appreciated.

      • Thank you for your interest in the VISAtisfied Voyager. For specific information regarding your visa case, please send an email to IVManilaReplies@state.gov, with your complete name, date and place of birth, and the 10-digit visa case number clearly indicated.

  7. I petioned my son 2003 aged 20 was approved when I was still immigrant.He aged out while waiting for the priority date.2011 the priority date was 2002 and we were able to finish all the requirements, then we are waiting for my sons priority date so, he can be interviewed.But , it was back log again, and Even stagnant on dec 2001 for couple of months,currently move by 14 days.i am now US citizen and my eldest son still there,waiting from 2003-2012.Am getting old thinking of all the years I was away from him has been so much to bear.I been a very good citizen in California,but is there any way I could do for my son to at least visit us here?is there anyway you can help to bring our family together the fastest way?I don’t have parents or family to petition except my son and my grand kid.i hope there are exceptions on how many family members can be petitioned, to give more visa to those who have less.all my sisters are on their mid 50s,so they will be very old in waiting for 25 yrs.Can I petition one as a house helper?

    • Thank you for your interest in ViSAtisfied Voyager. If your son intends to visit you for a brief period of time, he may wish to apply for a nonimmigrant visa. Inquiries regarding nonimmigrant visas (mainly tourist visas) may be directed to the Embassy’s Nonimmigrant Visa Unit. The email address is consmanilaniv@state.gov.

      To file an employment-based petition on behalf of your sister, you should contact the nearest Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHS/USCIS) office which has jurisdiction over your residence. Information regarding the requirements and procedures are available from the USCIS website at http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis. The USCIS National Customer Service Center (NCSC) may also be contacted toll-free at 1-800-375-5283 regarding this matter.

  8. Pls there is an omission on my name(second given name) on my secondary school certificate what am I to do before or after the interview,pls

    • Thank you for your interest in VISAtisfied Voyager. For specific information regarding your visa case, please send an email to IVManilaReplies@state.gov, with your complete name, 10-digit visa case number, and current contact information clearly indicated.

  9. Hi, I have a question on which employment address to fill out on I-134 form for question #7. My company’s head office is in CA but I’m working at a Regional Business Center in VA. The employment verification letter comes from the head office with it’s address in CA. Should I use the CA address or VA address for question #7?

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.

      You may list either address for question #7.

  10. Regarding, submiting the 134 Form, the most recent tax year (2011) with the amount shown on 1040 form, will be based on which powerty guideline year: 2011 or 2012 ?
    Thank you!

    • Thank you for your interest in VISAtisfied Voyager.

      The 2012 poverty guidelines will be used by the consular officer reviewing your petition. For more information about financial sponsorship guidelines, you may wish to visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website at http://www.uscis.gov. The USCIS National Customer Service Center (NCSC) may also be contacted at 1-800-375-5283 (toll-free for callers in the U.S.) regarding this matter.

  11. Hi Sir/Madam,

    My fiance had his interview and his K1 visa approval is pending, they are requiring me to submit proof of sustained income. I have just recently graduated and passed the nursing board exams in the US (NCLEX-RN) that is why i am not currently employed and no job offers so far… All i have are my bank accounts, one in the US and one here in the Philippines. I submitted a co sponsor affidavit of support form and i also submitted my own form i-134 but the Consular officer said that co-sponsors are not being considered for K1 visa applications.

    I am about to send updated bank statements, will my accounts in the Philippines be counted even if they are in Peso savings account? or do i have to convert them to US Dollars already? My peso if converted i have a total of 35k USD will that be enough? even if i am unemployed? i know i will be employed when i file for the i-864 and the co sponsors can be used already.

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.
      Fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens (K1) are required to submit the I-134 Affidavit of Support together with a copy of the petitioner’s most recent Federal income tax return (Form 1040). Employment letters stating salaries and bank statements may be included to substantiate the I-134. If the petitioner is unable to provide a Form 1040, he must submit other credible evidence of assets to meet Federal poverty guidelines for his prospective household size. Such assets could include bank accounts, stock, personal property, real estate and non-taxable sources of income such as Social Security payments which should be available in the U.S. for the applicant’s support and must be readily convertible to cash within one year. The consular officer determines if any additional documents are needed as the application is processed

  12. We haven’t started the visa process yet in part because I’ve received mixed information about my ability to sponsor my fiancee without a co-sponsor. I haven’t worked (by choice) for the last three years and have been living off of savings as I haven’t reached retirement age.

    My assets include the home I live in which has a tax assessment value of more than nine times the 125% poverty level by itself (market value is higher still). I also have cash on hand equal to 1.5x the 125% level. I have no debt, and my only expenses are food, utilities, taxes and insurance. I intend to return to work within a couple of years…but given the opportunity I’d rather get my fiancee here before I return to work. That way, I can be home to help her acclimate for at least a few months…and we can do some traveling before returning to the daily grind.

    Will I be able to meet the requirements of the I-134 without a job? Or should I go ahead and return to work before beginning the petition process?

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.
      Fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens (K1) are required to submit the I-134 Affidavit of Support together with a copy of the petitioner’s most recent Federal income tax return (Form 1040). If the petitioner is not employed, he/she will be required to show evidence of current sustained income or financial assets (readily convertible to cash) to support the applicant to ensure that the applicant does not become a public charge. Joint sponsors are typically not accepted for K1 fiance(e) applicants because joint sponsorships for this visa category are not legally binding. U.S. immigration law is very clear that the consular officer cannot issue the visa until he/she is satisfied that the applicant will not become a public charge in the United States. Should you and your fiancée get married in the United States and apply for a spousal immigrant visa, you may submit an affidavit of support from a joint sponsor.

  13. Hi!
    I am just waiting for the instructions from the consular office for my K1 visa. Since i do not have work at the moment, my fiancé will be required to have an I-134 form and his recent federal income tax (form 1040). My question is will my fiance be giving the original documents to me or just a copy of the said documents? thank you!

    • Fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens (K1) are required to submit the I-134 Affidavit of Support together with a copy of the petitioner’s most recent Federal income tax return (Form 1040). Employment letters stating salaries and bank statements may be included to substantiate the I-134. If the petitioner is unable to provide a Form 1040, he must submit other credible evidence of assets to meet Federal poverty guidelines for his prospective household size. Such assets could include bank accounts, stock, personal property, real estate and non-taxable sources of income such as Social Security payments which should be available in the U.S. for the applicant’s support and must be readily convertible to cash within one year.

  14. Sir, is it still possible to overcome the visa refusal 2 years after the interview?
    If we are going to submit new affidavit of support and supporting documents?

    I hope you can answer me.
    Thank you

    • Thank you for your interest in the VISAtisfied Voyager. For specific information regarding your case, please send an email to IVManilaReplies@state.gov, with the applicant’s complete name, case number and current contact information clearly indicated.

  15. Do i need to show an original income tax return statement and W2 of my fiance or a photocopy is fine? because i only have photocopies.. pls reply thanks

  16. Thank you for this informative blog. My inquiry is that I will be applying for the K1 visa this month for my fiance in the Phils. But I have a question regarding the income requirements. I do not have tax returns from the last few years as I was living abroad in the Phils. I was working there for a while, however my overseas income was under the amount required to file my taxes in the US, hence, no tax returns. Also I just returned to the US(florida) and had just started my job. My salary is $28,000/year, above the 125% poverty level. If i start K1 this month, by the time my fiance will have her interview and need to show 2012 tax returns, mine will only show the 4 months of work(now until dec 2012). Will the embassy be able to consider the fact that I was only working 4 months a the reason for the low income report, and accept a document from my employer showing my 12 month salary? Or is my case doomed ? I look forward to hearing from you. Many thanks!
    Mike

    • Mike, the consular officer will look at all the evidence you provide about your income and make a determination of whether you meet the poverty guidelines. You should include a letter of explanation and a letter from your employer, along with your tax documents.

      • I appreciate your quick reply, even through the horrible storm you are currently dealing with.
        I will heed your advice. I have another question though, because I have heard different answers, even from immigration lawyers and blogs of petitioners that have tried..Does the embassy accept co-sponsors? For example in my case, because my salary is higher than income requirements in a 12 month period, though I just started working. Will having a co-sponsor that meets requirements strengthen my case? Or even be permissible?
        Im just nervous and would be very disheartened to waste any precious time in getting delayed or denied. I look forward to your valuable insight. Thanks!
        Mike

        • Mike, generally joint sponsors are not accepted for K1 applications. However, the consular officer will look at the totality of circumstances and determine whether your fiancee overcomes the public charge ineligibility.

  17. Hi VISAtisfied Voyager!

    Good day! I have a question regarding Affidavit of Support. I am under K1 route and I understand that the applicant should submit an original signed copy of Form I-134 and supporting documents during the interview. My petitioner was divorced for almost a decade and has been submitting form 1040 for the past years as single (no joint submission with wife), and has been working for only 1 company for more than 2 decades. Now, my question is, can I just submit an original signed Form i-134 and W2 showing my petitioner’s wage statements for the past years and a Certificate of Employment? My petitioner doesn’t have a copy of his form 1040 anymore since it was submitted along with other supporting documents during i-129F submission. Thank you in advance. Hope to hear from you soon..

    • Your petitioner should submit a copy of his 1040 (it does not need to be original) or a copy of his IRS-generated tax return that he can request directly from IRS.

  18. Hi ViSatisfied Voyager!
    I had my IR1 interview last Aug 22.,The american consul said that he didn’t find any problem with my papers but my husband salary and that my husband just started his job for only about 3 months..so he told me that my husband need a cosponsor. When i told about it to our attorney in the US, he told me that we dont need a co sponsor because the assets as shown on the investment statement is more than enough to qualify. In fact, it’s not even close – my husband’s assets are 3x the amount that is necessary.
    My attorney says that he will get in touch with the ManilaUSembassy to handle it and then we can proceed of getting a cosponsor. My question is.. is there any chance that we might not need a co sponsor if our attorney can point it out our reasons? Thank You and God bless

  19. Hi VISAtisfied Voyager!
    I am now on the process of submitting an affidavit of support I-864 for my mom. I have a joint sponsor since I do not meet the income requirement. My question is ” do i still need to submit paystubs and other income evidence eventhough my joint sponsor will be the one to sponsor her?

    • A petitioner of a family-based immigrant visa petition is legally required to file a Form I-864 as sponsor of the visa applicant. If the petitioner’s income is not sufficient to meet financial support guidelines, the applicant may provide the same set of documents from a joint sponsor. Although other family members may assume joint legal responsibility with the petitioner as co-sponsors of the intending immigrant, an Affidavit of Support from the petitioner must still be submitted on behalf of the applicant. Joint sponsors should also submit a Form I-864 and their most recent Federal income tax return.

      To substantiate the information regarding income and other financial resources, petitioners/sponsors may include a statement from the bank regarding any accounts he/she may have showing the date the account was opened and the present balance, or other evidence establishing his financial capability. In addition, income includes not only salary but also other monetary gains from other sources such as retirement benefits and/or pensions, dividends, interests, rentals, stocks, etc. The consular officer determines if any additional documents are needed as the application is processed.

  20. Hello , I would like to ask something regarding to our petition , Me and my 3 children, We had an interview today and the consul asked me to submit another evidence of sustained income , my fiance is US marine veteran , and they say his income is not enough for us to sustain our staying there in USA , he has a cars and Social Security payments.. Will it be enough as an evidence ? Thank you and waiting for your reply..

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog. To enable us to be more responsive to your inquiry, please send an e-mail to IVManilaReplies@state.gov with the applicant’s complete name and case number.

  21. Dear Visatisfied,

    I am applying for a K1 ( non immigrant ) fiance visa for my Vietnamese fiance. We don’t have any intent to live in the USA anytime soon. I have not lived in the USA for nearly 10 years and have not filed a W2 since 2003. I have a bank account in the USA and one in Vietnam. We just want to meet my parents and have a small ceremony and then return to Vietnam. Considering my situation, what are the requirements for the affidavit of financial support exactly ?

    Thank you

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.

      For detailed information about the Affidavit of Support requirement and financial sponsorship guidelines, you may visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website at: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis. You may also wish to contact USCIS National Customer Service Center (NCSC) toll-free at 1-800-375-5283 regarding this matter.

  22. I already have an approved petition and just waiting for NVC to send it to the embassy in Manila. I will be applying for Fiancee Visa. My fiance is in active duty in US army. I want to ask if we need his affidavit of support to be notarized and even his supporting documents? He said he can just print his tax return and bank statement. Can he just really do that or he need to ask someone working on the bank to give him an official copy of his bank statement and same goes for his tax return? Much better if he can just print everything but I really want to make sure if he can do that. I don’t want any delays. Thanks in advance!

    • It is not necessary for the Affidavit of Support (Form I-134) and supporting documents to be notarized. A copy of the petitioner’s supporting financial documentation can also be submitted.

      For detailed information about the Affidavit of Support requirement and financial sponsorship guidelines, you may visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website at: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis.

  23. I am in the US, my Fiancee is in Manila, and we have our final K1 interview set for next month. I am self employed, with a 2 year old start-up company. My tax return for 2011 exceeds the minimum required by 2k, and my 2012 bank deposit statements (which will accompany my I-134 and tax return) show growth over the year 2011. I have proof of over 12k in wire transfers to my Fiancee as well, over the last year.

    My question is, will they possibly deny us based on my limited history of required income, being that it is a new company and that I am self employed, or will the fact that I meet the requirement of 125% over poverty guidelines on my 2011 return be enough to get us approved?

    I have visited her in Manila twice over the last year. We have every other possible document prepared for this interview, this is the only part that has us worried.

    Thank you in advance,

    John

    • Thank you for your interest in VISAtisfied Voyager.

      To ensure that intending immigrants are not likely to become public charges, petitioners should be able to demonstrate their ability to maintain an income at or above the prescribed Federal poverty guidelines for their prospective household sizes. . Please note that consular officers reviewing your petition will utilize the 2012 poverty guidelines. Whether you meet the guidelines depends on your family size and the number of dependents in your household.

      For detailed information about the Affidavit of Support requirement and financial sponsorship guidelines, you may visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website at: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis. You may also wish to contact USCIS National Customer Service Center (NCSC) toll-free at 1-800-375-5283 regarding this matter.

  24. Quick question, i filled out the I-134 for my k_1 petition our interview is in 2 days at the dom. Rep .. Was i supposed to submit that somewhere or am i supposed to take it with Me to the interview.. I am the petitioner.. Also i have all w-2 and patrons and bank statements and letters from work hr dept starting my rate of pay and how long I’ve been with the company . I might need to search for the actual 1040s what if u can’t find them

    • Thank you for your interest in the VISAtisfied Voyager. For specific information regarding your visa case, we request you to send an email to IVManilaReplies@state.gov, with the complete name of the applicant and the petitioner, date and place of birth, and the 10-digit visa case number.

  25. Hello, my question is. My fiance doesnt have a job at the moment, but his grandma agreed to be our sponsor and she filed the 134 form. I am not sure if my fiance has to fill that form anyway? If yes, that means i need 2 forms one from my fiance and another one from his grandma?

    • Petitioners in fiancé(e) (K1) nonimmigrant visa cases are generally expected to provide the adequacy of their own financial resources to ensure that an alien, after admission into the United States, will not become primarily dependent on the U.S. Government for subsistence. They should be able to demonstrate their ability to maintain an income at or above the prescribed Federal poverty guidelines for their prospective household sizes.
      For detailed information about the Affidavit of Support requirement and financial sponsorship guidelines, you may visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website at: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis. Your representative in the U.S. may also contact the USCIS National Customer Service Center (NCSC) toll-free at 1-800-375-5283 regarding this matter.

  26. Good evening
    i am a k1 applicant. I read all the post. Can i know what is the social security payment?
    We also have a problem regarding the I-134 affidavit of support.
    I am also confuse regarding the poverty guidelines is that for gross income or net income?
    Thank you and have a nice day

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.
      Petitioners in fiancé(e) (K1) nonimmigrant visa cases are generally expected to provide the adequacy of their own financial resources to ensure that an alien, after admission into the United States, will not become primarily dependent on the U.S. Government for subsistence. They should be able to demonstrate their ability to maintain an income at or above the prescribed Federal poverty guidelines for their prospective household sizes.
      For detailed information about the Affidavit of Support requirement and financial sponsorship guidelines, you may visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website at: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis. Your representative in the U.S. may also contact the USCIS National Customer Service Center (NCSC) toll-free at 1-800-375-5283 regarding this matter.

  27. My fiance is a US citizen but has not lived in the US for the past couple of years. I have not lived in my native country for years too, in fact i have only recently applied for a tax no as I have not worked at home before. Will this work against us that we both have no real credit history or assets? Is it enough for his parents to sponsor us both?

    • Joint sponsors in fiancee (K1) visa cases are not legally bound to address the financial needs of the applicant. Petitioners in K1 cases are generally expected to provide the adequacy of their own financial resources to ensure that an alien, after admission into the United States, will not become primarily dependent on the U.S. Government for subsistence.
      For detailed information about the Affidavit of Support requirement and financial sponsorship guidelines, you may visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website at: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis. Your representative in the U.S. may also contact USCIS National Customer Service Center (NCSC) toll-free at 1-800-375-5283 regarding this matter.

  28. Good day! I am in Manila and currently waiting for the noa2 for a k1 visa. I just want to ask if I should include myself on the household number? My fiance live with his parents but he is not supporting them, do they also count? Another question is, for example we should also count his parents in and me as well, that makes 4 people and he should be at 23000 + income, what if at the time that we sent in the 129f and other docus he was just making 21000 and now he just had an increase of salary? Are they going to base it from the initial statement that we passed or not? Also, I guess he also include a co sponsor stuff but they said that its not allowed in Manila based US embassy, do you think it be problem?? Thank you so much and Godspeed!

    • Thank you for your interest in the VISAtisfied Voyager.

      Petitioners in fiancé(e) (K1) nonimmigrant visa cases are generally expected to provide the adequacy of their own financial resources to ensure that an alien, after admission into the United States, will not become primarily dependent on the U.S. Government for subsistence.

      For information about financial sponsorship guidelines, you may visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website at http://www.uscis.gov.

  29. My question is I have an interview coming up soon, but my father isn’t working but my sponsor is, is it ok that my mom n sister do the updated affavit of support ? My dad will still do one but it will state unemployed. Is that ok?

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.

      A petitioner of a family-based immigrant visa petition is legally required to file a Form I-864 as sponsor of the visa applicant. If the petitioner’s income is not sufficient to meet financial support guidelines, the applicant may provide the same set of documents from a joint sponsor.  Although other family members may assume joint legal responsibility with the petitioner as co-sponsors of the intending immigrant, an Affidavit of Support from the petitioner must still be submitted on behalf of the applicant.

      For detailed information about the Affidavit of Support requirement and financial sponsorship guidelines, you may visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website at:   http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis. 

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.

      A petitioner of an immigrant visa petition is legally required to file a Form I-864 as sponsor of the visa applicant. If the petitioner’s income is not sufficient to meet financial support guidelines, the applicant may provide the same set of documents from a joint sponsor. Although other family members may assume joint legal responsibility with the petitioner as co-sponsors of the intending immigrant, an Affidavit of Support from the petitioner must still be submitted on behalf of the applicant.

      To substantiate the information regarding income and other financial resources, petitioners/sponsors may include a statement from the bank regarding any accounts he/she may have showing the date the account was opened and the present balance, or other evidence establishing his financial capability. In addition, income includes not only salary but also other monetary gains from other sources such as retirement benefits and/or pensions, dividends, interests, rentals, stocks, etc. The consular officer determines if any additional documents are needed as the application is processed.

  30. GOOD DAY. IM UNEMPLOYED BUT HOPE TO HAVE A NEW JOB SOON I HAVE ASSETS STOCKS RESL ESTATE AN SOME CASH IN MY BANK . WELL OVER THE 5 YEAR FINANCIAL SPONSORSHIP GIDELINES. MY QUESTION IS WELL THIS BE OK FOR MY AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT FOR MY FIANCE K1 VISA IN MANILA. MY FATHER IS RETIRED MILITARY AN SISTER IS A STATE GOV. EMPLOYED AN WILL DO JOINT SPONSOR WITH ME MY CASE IS COMING UP VERY SOON . WILL THIS BE OK IN MANILA I KNOW ITS VERY HARD THERE AN I HAVE NO BILLS TO SAY OF EVERY THING IS PAID FOR . THANKS

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.

      To ensure that intending immigrants are not likely to become public charges, petitioners should be able to demonstrate their ability to maintain an income at or above the prescribed Federal poverty guidelines for their prospective household sizes.

      For detailed information about the Affidavit of Support requirement and financial sponsorship guidelines, you may visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website at: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis. You may also wish to contact USCIS National Customer Service Center (NCSC) toll-free at 1-800-375-5283 regarding this matter.

      The adjudicating consular officer will assess the totality of circumstances and the adequacy of the petitioner’s financial resources and determine if additional financial documentation will be required as the application is processed.

      • USCIS NATIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTER TOLD ME THAT CO. OR JOINT SPONSOR FOR K1 VISA WAS OK IN MANILA . BUT THE SPONSOR MUST BE A U S CITIZEN. I CALL THEM TO DAY APRIL 10 2013 . THIS IS UNDER U S IMMIGRATION GUIDELINES AN LAWS.

        • Joint sponsors in fiancee (K1) visa cases are not legally bound to address the financial needs of the applicant. Petitioners in K1 cases are generally expected to provide the adequacy of their own financial resources to ensure that an alien, after admission into the United States, will not become primarily dependent on the U.S. Government for subsistence.

  31. Good Day!
    just want to ask..my fiancee petitioned me K1 visa last year and waiting for our approval and i hope it will come soon.I dont have peace of mind regarding his affidavit of support.He is divorvced with 3 kids and dont live with him.His salary $2400/mo.Is that enough for the required affidavit of support?he lives in aprtment with his parents.and this year he got $1200 of his tax return..hope u can answer my question…thanks alot..

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.

      Petitioners in fiancé(e) (K1) nonimmigrant visa cases are generally expected to provide the adequacy of their own financial resources to ensure that an alien, after admission into the United States, will not become primarily dependent on the U.S. Government for subsistence. They should be able to demonstrate their ability to maintain an income at or above the prescribed Federal poverty guidelines for their prospective household sizes.

      For detailed information about the Affidavit of Support requirement and financial sponsorship guidelines, you may visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website at: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis. Your representative in the U.S. may also contact the USCIS National Customer Service Center (NCSC) toll-free at 1-800-375-5283 regarding this matter.

      • Good day!
        I would like to ask if its okay not to submit employment letter for interview?he said,he asked before but his company will not issue employment letter instead go to the website to see that he is working on that company.because his company and immigration have agreement already and its posted online that he still working.he’s working on coca cola company for more than 10yrs..will be okay to print from the website of his company that he still working there?
        I will sched my interview soon and he cant provide letter of employment..only salary statements from his company,ITR and W2..
        Thank you..

        • May, you may bring all the necessary documents in support to your visa application at the time of your interview. The consular officer determines if any additional or updated documents are needed as the application is processed.

  32. hi i just got my letter from the USEM and i can already schedule for my interview appointment. my question is about the affidavit of support, my fiance is a tax-exempt and he currently dont have work yet. he have his retirement income is it ok to use the retirement income or the annuity?

    • Thank you for your interest in VISAtistfied Voyager.

      Fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens (K1) are required to submit the I-134 Affidavit of Support together with a copy of the petitioner’s most recent Federal income tax return (Form 1040). Employment letters stating salaries and bank statements may be included to substantiate the I-134. If the petitioner is unable to provide a Form 1040, he must submit other credible evidence of assets to meet Federal poverty guidelines for his prospective household size. Such assets could include bank accounts, stock, personal property, real estate and non-taxable sources of income such as Social Security payments which should be available in the U.S. for the applicant’s support and must be readily convertible to cash within one year.

  33. My fiancee passed her interview for a k1 visa, but the embassy in manila is requesting additional information. They are requesting a notarized letter from my bank verifying all the deposits in this account, but my bank is an online only account, I have talked with my bank and they say they can only provide me a letter on bank letterhead verifying all my deposits and signed by a bank officer. Will this be acceptable as proof of funds?

    • Hi Charles, thank you for your interest in the VISAtisfied Voyager.
      For specific information regarding your visa concerns, we request you to send an email to IVManilaReplies@state.gov with your complete name and the petitioner’s, case number and current contact information clearly indicated.

  34. K1 Visa (Fiance Visa) Affidavit of Support/Joint Sponsor?
    I think I may have misunderstood both. Affidavit of Support is only filed if you have a stable job and meets the poverty requirement in the USA, right? Well, in my case, I do not meet the requirements since I just graduated and currently working as a tutor. I have read that I can apply for I-864a BUT Manila Embassy has been denying it. How true? If so, is there anything else I can do? Should we still apply for it even if theres a thin chance of getting approved? Help :(

    I just read this and made me worry about the plan I have of application. But while reading here I just want to confirm if i am able to attain all the requirements for the affidavit of support part. Currently I’m in school full time. but will be graduation soon. Hearing that a joint support can be use, if Manila embassy still approves it. I’ll be doing a joint sponsor w/ my mom, assets and monetary accounts can be used?

    • Hi RJ, thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.
      Fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens (K1) are required to submit the I-134 Affidavit of Support together with a copy of the petitioner’s most recent Federal income tax return (Form 1040). Employment letters stating salaries and bank statements may be included to substantiate the I-134. If the petitioner is unable to provide a Form 1040, he must submit other credible evidence of assets to meet Federal poverty guidelines for his prospective household size. Such assets could include bank accounts, stock, personal property, real estate and non-taxable sources of income such as Social Security payments which should be available in the U.S. for the applicant’s support and must be readily convertible to cash within one year.
      For detailed information about the Affidavit of Support requirement and financial sponsorship guidelines, you may visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website at: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis. You may also wish to contact USCIS National Customer Service Center (NCSC) toll-free at 1-800-375-5283 regarding this matter

  35. good day! Ma’am, I just wanna know after we approved last June 28, for our Fiance petition. Do the US embassy Manila will send some instruction or information to my Fiance’s address? or She need to contact the Embassy Manila?

    Thank you and God bless

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.
      If the applicant has already received a notice from NVC that his/her case has been forwarded to Embassy Manila, the applicant may call the Immigrant Visa Unit’s inquiry line at 301-2000, extension 5184 or 5185, during regular business hours to confirm if the case has already been received by the Embassy.
      Upon confirmation, the applicant should visit our website (http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph) or contact the Embassy’s Visa Information and Appointment Service at (632) 982-5555 or (632) 902-8930 to schedule a visa interview appointment. The Visa Information and Appointment Service is open Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Manila time), except on Philippine and U.S. holidays. Callers in the U.S. should call (214) 571-1600 between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time).
      Please note that the applicant should have his/her case number, passport number, and passport expiry date ready when requesting a visa appointment.
      For additional information regarding K visa scheduling, payment, and required documentation, please visit our blog post “K1: Know Before You Go.”
      You may wish to send an email to IVManilaReplies@state.gov with the applicant’s complete name and case number, clearly indicated to ascertain the status of your visa application.

  36. Pensions and Assets as ‘sustainable income?’ Asset level considered sufficient to guarantee ‘non dependance’ interchangeable with income?

    My income as a substitute teacher is around $10,000 with an additional $8,500 Farm house rental checks which I bank and spend mostly on Health Insurance and can document but may or may not show up on my 1040 depending on overall farm agricultural profits and losses. 1040 line 16a listing Pensions and Annuities brings my income over the poverty level. Are Pensions and Annuities like Rentals considered acceptable sustainable income? Do I need to parse these further beyond what is on the 1040. I have assets of $51,000 in house and $150,000 each (of the $150,00) ‘easily’liquidable within a year’. Is there an amount of assets which functional equals ‘sustainable income’?

    • Hi Larry, thank you for your interest in the VISAtisfied Voyager.
      For specific information regarding your visa case, please send an email to IVManilaReplies@state.gov with your complete name, date and place of birth, and the 10-digit visa case number clearly indicated.

      • Hello:
        No such ‘visa case’ exists I/we have made no k1 application yet! These are general questions from which anyone in my situation might benefit. I would like to have my information in order before I apply and if actual figures of assets vs income do not exist or are taken on some mysterious case by case basis that would be need to know type information.
        An additional question: do I have to collect my social security or can I count it as ‘accessible income’.

        • For specific information regarding sponsorship guidelines, you may wish to visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website at http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis. You may also contact the nearest USCIS office which has jurisdiction over your residence or the USCIS National Customer Service Center (NCSC) toll-free at 1-800-375-5283 regarding this matter.

  37. Me and my Fiance are still waiting for approval. But I am really worried about bank statements. Though I earned about 30,000peryear for the last 5 years. i’m worried because I don’t have enough savings on my bank accounts. and I do have a lot of responsibilities like mortgage and car loans. Is this going to be a problem? Do I really need to submit bank statments? or submit info regarding assets? thank you.

    • Hi Angelita, thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.
      Fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens (K1) are required to submit the I-134 Affidavit of Support together with a copy of the petitioner’s most recent Federal income tax return (Form 1040). Employment letters stating salaries and bank statements may be included to substantiate the I-134. If the petitioner is unable to provide a Form 1040, he must submit other credible evidence of assets to meet Federal poverty guidelines for his prospective household size. Such assets could include bank accounts, stock, personal property, real estate and non-taxable sources of income such as Social Security payments which should be available in the U.S. for the applicant’s support and must be readily convertible to cash within one year.
      For detailed information about the Affidavit of Support requirement and financial sponsorship guidelines, you may visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website at: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis. You may also wish to contact USCIS National Customer Service Center (NCSC) toll-free at 1-800-375-5283 regarding this matter

  38. Hello

    I have a question on affidavit of support

    Will it be a problem if my fiance cannot give me W2? He has just started from his new work in March and he siad he used his W2 from his previous work in filing for his taxes this year. Will the employment letter stating his salary, form 1040, I-134 and paystubs be enough for me to possibly pass the interview?

    Thanks and more power!

    • Hi Shane, thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.
      Fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens (K1) are required to submit the I-134 Affidavit of Support together with a copy of the petitioner’s most recent Federal income tax return (Form 1040). Employment letters stating salaries and bank statements may be included to substantiate the I-134. If the petitioner is unable to provide a Form 1040, he must submit other credible evidence of assets to meet Federal poverty guidelines for his prospective household size. Such assets could include bank accounts, stock, personal property, real estate and non-taxable sources of income such as Social Security payments which should be available in the U.S. for the applicant’s support and must be readily convertible to cash within one year.
      For detailed information about the Affidavit of Support requirement and financial sponsorship guidelines, you may visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website at: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis. You may also wish to contact USCIS National Customer Service Center (NCSC) toll-free at 1-800-375-5283 regarding this matter

  39. Hello, i want to know, what if my fiance is a student and he wants to petition me. But he has enough money to petition me, is it possible? Are they going to allow him? If yes, how long is the approval?

    • Thank you for your interest in the VISAtisfied Voyager.

      American citizens who would like to marry a foreign national in the United States should file a fiancé(e) visa petition (Form I-129F) with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office, which has jurisdiction over their place of residence. The petition must be filed in the United States.

      You may wish to visit the following websites:

      (1)http://manila.usembassy.gov
      (2)http://www.uscis.gov
      (3)http://travel.state.gov

      which provide comprehensive information on how a U.S. citizen may bring a Filipino spouse or fiancé(e) to the United States.

      For information about financial sponsorship guidelines, you may wish to visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website at http://www.uscis.gov.

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