I-134 and I-864 Affidavit of Support Forms

Understanding the specific requirements and forms that pertain to your situation is important. Two such forms, the I-134 and I-864, play roles in different stages of the immigration process, particularly for couples navigating this journey together. While both forms aim to prevent the immigrant from becoming a public charge, they are used at different stages of the immigration process and have varying degrees of complexity and enforceability. The I-134 is less formal and required during the initial K-1 visa application, whereas the I-864 is mandatory during the adjustment of status process and carries more legal weight.


I-134 Form

The I-134 form, often referred to as the “lite” affidavit of support, is used primarily in the fiancé visa (K-1 visa) application process. It is designed to demonstrate that the immigrant fiancé will have sufficient financial support in the United States and will not rely on public benefits. This form must be completed and submitted by the US petitioner during the immigrant fiancé’s interview abroad to facilitate the issuance of the K-1 visa.

I-864 Form

Post-marriage, when a couple moves forward with adjusting the immigrant spouse’s status to become a permanent resident, the I-864 form comes into play. Known as the full affidavit of support, this form is more comprehensive and serves as a binding legal contract between the sponsor (usually the US citizen spouse) and the US government. The I-864 ensures that the immigrant has adequate financial backing to avoid becoming a public charge.

Differences and Significance

Understanding the distinctions between the I-134 and I-864 forms is essential for couples going through the US immigration system. Ensuring that these forms are accurately completed and submitted with the correct supporting documents is important to the success of your visa and green card applications. If you need personalized advice or have specific questions about your situation, reach out because we can provide guidance tailored to your unique circumstances. If you find yourself overwhelmed or uncertain about the next steps, consider reaching out for advice, and don’t hesitate to visit our resource center for more detailed guides to use on your journey through this process.

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