Updates and Changes to Form I-864A
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) occasionally updates its forms, including Form I-864A, which is the Contract Between Sponsor and Household Member. As of the last update, which occurred on December 22, 2023, the USCIS provided clarifications but no substantial changes to the form’s overall structure or intent.
Form I-864A continues to serve as an attachment to Form I-864, the Affidavit of Support. Its purpose remains to allow household members to combine their income with that of the primary sponsor when the primary sponsor does not meet the income requirements to sponsor an applicant for permanent residence alone.
Key features in the most recent updates of Form I-864A include:
- Clarified Definitions: The USCIS has enhanced explanations of who qualifies as a household member under the terms of the affidavit of support.
- Income Reporting: Additional instructions have been provided on how to properly report the income of the household member pledging financial support.
Individuals should be aware that every Form I-864A must be completed and signed by both the sponsor, who is also completing Form I-864, and a household member agreeing to make their financial resources available to assist the sponsored immigrant.
USCIS mandates that the most current version of the form be used for all applications. Prospective applicants and their household members can download the latest version of Form I-864A from the USCIS website.
It is advisable for sponsors and household members to review these instructions carefully before submission to ensure compliance with the updated requirements. They should also monitor the USCIS website for any additional changes that might occur after the latest revision date.