New Poverty Guidelines In Effect for 2006
March 1, 2006

Before any intending family-based immigrant is issued their visa, or approved for adjustment of status, the petitioning U.S. family member or their joint co-sponsor will have to submit an I-864 Affidavit of Support and most of the time, satisfy certain income requirements (exceptions exist for those proving their financial health via assets owned, such as bank/brokerage accounts, real property, etc). The income requirements (125% of the poverty level) for sponsors residing in the lower 48 contiguous states in the U.S., effective April 1, 2006, are set forth below:

2006 Poverty Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia


Size of family unitPoverty guideline125%

213,20016,500
316,60020,750
420,00025,000
523,40029,250
626,80033,500
730,20037,750
833,60042,000

For family units with more than 8 members, add $3,400 for each additional member.

PUBLISHED March 1, 2006 – “IMMIGRATION LAW FORUM”
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