Can the affidavit of support be avoided?

Last update: September 6, 2017

What is an affidavit of support?
An affidavit of support is a contract between the sponsor and the U.S. government. Without income, the applicant will not become a public charge relying on assistance programs. Instead the sponsor will help financially.

When can it be avoided?
No affidavit of support is needed if:

  • The applicant is a foreign born minor who will automatically become a U.S. citizen
  • The applicant can justify forty qualifying social security quarters on his or her own, or with the help of parents and/or a spouse

Which form do you file to avoid affidavit of support?
The sponsor needs to fill form I-864W.