What Is the Difference Between I-864 and I-864A?

I receive questions from my readers from time to time and Form I-864, Affidavit of Support is one of the most popular forms that most people have questions for. Many applicants are confused about which Form to use as there are 3 similar ones listed: Form I-864, Form I-864EZ, and Form I-864A. Let me walk you through one by one:
What Is the Difference Between I-864 and I-864A?
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What's the difference between Form I-864 Affidavit of Support and Form I-864EZ?

Form I-864EZ is a simpler version of Form I-864. Only certain filers who meet ALL three requirements below can be qualified to use this I-864EZ version:
  1. You are the person who filed or is filing Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, for a relative being sponsored
  2. The relative you are sponsoring is the only person listed on Form I-130
  3. The income you are using to qualify is based entirely on your salary or pension and is shown on one or more IRS form W2s provided by your employers.

Who needs to file Form I-864A?

Form I-864A is a contract between sponsor and household member. It depends on how many sponsors you have. 
  • If your spouse is the only sponsor for your green card application then he/she don't need to file Form I-864A. 
  • If you are using other household members' incomes to meet the requirements, EACH of the members has to file this form with your spouse (US citizen)

What if we are using the alien spouse's income as well? 

If you just want to include the main applicant (alien spouse)'s income, you do not need this form. Learn more details about Form I-864 and Form I-864A here!

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