For family-based immigration petitions, the petitioner must submit an Affidavit of Support on behalf of the beneficiary or beneficiaries. The Affidavit of Support is used to demonstrate to the U.S. government the immigrant will not become a public charge, which means the immigrant will not need to rely on the U.S. government for financial support.

Each year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) publishes the minimum income required to sponsor most family-based immigrants. The required income is based on the petitioner’s household size and varies for some active duty military service members and residents of Alaska and Hawaii.

The 2019 income requirements listed below took effect on March 1, 2019 and will remain in place until new guidelines go into effect in 2020:

Sponsor’s Household Size

(Household size plus one, for the sponsored immigrant)

100% of Poverty Guidelines

(Only for petitioners who are active duty military service members who are petitioning for their spouse or child)

125% of Poverty Guidelines

(For all other sponsors who reside in the 48 contiguous states, D.C., and U.S. territories)

2 $16,910 $21,137
3 $21,330 $26,662
4 $25,750 $32,187
5 $30,170 $37,712
6 $34,590 $43,237
7 $39,010 $48,762
8 $43,430 $54,287
Add $4,420 for each additional person Add $5,525 for each additional person

To see the full list, visit USCIS’ website.

For information on your specific situation, we recommend you use our contact form to schedule an appointment with our office. We would be glad to help you determine the best option for you and your family.