The purpose of Immigration I-134, Affidavit of Support, is to show that visa applicants have sponsorship and that they will not become public charges by applying for financial aid from the United States while their application is being processed. The sponsor is required to submit a separate affidavit of support for each applicant. What is required when completing Form I-134?
Where to Submit Form I-134
Where you submit Form I-134 will depend on whether the alien is residing in or outside the United States and the type of application that you are applying for. Follow the instructions provided to determine where to submit Form I-134.
Sponsor and Alien Liability
According to USCIS, under Section 213 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, if the alien whom you are sponsoring becomes a public charge, the agency that provides financial assistance has every right to sue you to recover the costs incurred.
It is the sponsor’s responsibility to prove to USCIS that they have sufficient funds to financially support the alien that they are sponsoring so that they do not become a public charge. Bank statements should show how much has been deposited over the past year, when the account was opened and the current balance, along with any investments such as stocks or bonds. Form I-134 should contain employment information consisting of the date and nature of your employment, your salary and whether or not your position is temporary or permanent. Self-employed sponsors must furnish copies of their last tax return.
Full Signature Required
It is a legal requirement under penalty of perjury under U.S. law to sign Form I-134 using your full legal name, rather than your accustomed method. For example, if your name is John Patrick Smith, do not sign your name as “John P. Smith” or “J.P. Smith”, but as “John Patrick Smith.” Form I-134 does not need to be signed before a notary; nor does the signature have to be notarised after you have submitted your application.
Immigration Form I-134, Affidavit of Support, is required alongside a number of other applications and petitions to prove that visa applicants are not going to become a public charge in the United States. Aliens that become a public charge can be deported and any public aid rendered can be recovered from the sponsor. Make sure you fully comply with the law and provide supporting evidence that shows you have the necessary funds to support the applicant.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, I-134, Affidavit of Support.