Free I-864 case screenings for DV advocates and caseworkers
Do you have a client who you believe may have a case under the Affidavit of Support? We are happy to offer a confidential, no-cost review of your client’s potential claim.
- Please complete the questionnaire with your client present.
- Please answer all questions to the best of your, and your client’s, ability.
- The questionnaire takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
- After submission, we will reach out to you directly as soon as the initial review is complete. Normally this is within one business day.
- We will be happy to schedule a follow-up phone call with you to discuss our case review.
Who might have a case under the I-864, Affidavit of Support?
To have a viable case under the Affidavit of Support, normally you must be able to answer “yes” to the following four questions:
- “Does your client have a green card?” To have a viable claim, your client must have acquired status as a “lawful permanent resident (LPR)” or “conditional lawful permanent resident (C-LPR).” This is normally called a green card. If your client is undocumented or does not have legal status, they normally will not have a viable claim for support.
- “Did your client get their green card through a spouse or family member?” The Affidavit of Support is signed in virtually all family-sponsored immigration cases. To have a case, someone must have served as the Form I-130 petitioner for your client. If your client obtained their green card through marriage, the Affidavit of Support was almost certainly signed.
- “Is your client separated from their spouse/sponsor?” Normally, your client will have a strong case for financial support only after they have separated from their sponsor. However, if they are considering separation, we are happy to discuss the options they may have available.
- “Has your client been unemployed or earning less than $1,300/month?” Financial support under the Affidavit of Support is tied to 125% of the federal poverty line. To have a claim, your client’s income must have fallen below that level, which is about $1,300/month for a household of one. If your client has been unemployed, or earning little, since they obtained residential status, they may have a claim for support.