New Poverty Guidelines In Effect For Sponsors Completing Affidavits Of Support
February 15, 2008

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. are set forth below:

2008 Poverty Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia
Size of family unitPoverty guideline125%    
214,00017,500
317,60022,000
421,20026,500
524,80031,000
628,40035,500
732,00040,000
835,60044,500
For family units with more than 8 members, add $4,500 for each additional member.

PUBLISHED February 15, 2008 – “IMMIGRATION LAW FORUM”
Copyright © 2008, By Law Offices of Richard Hanus, Chicago, Illinois