If you are sponsoring someone from another country to come and live with you in Lubbock, Texas, you may be required to file an Affidavit of Support using Form I-134. The purpose of this is to provide evidence that while the applicant you are sponsoring lives here, they will not become a public charge. A public charge is someone who becomes dependent on U.S. government for financial resources. If it is assumed that they become a public charge, permission may not be granted.

Some forms of evidence that prove that either you or the US visa applicant have sufficient financial support for their visit include:


  • The three most recent years of your tax returns that were filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). If you filed a joint tax return and only want your income to be considered, you can submit your three most recent W-2 forms. If you are unable to provide any tax documentation, you will need to supply an explanation as to why. If you didn’t file taxes, you need an explanation for this as well.
  • If you are using evidence from other sources of income from other household members you can include their federal income tax returns for the three most recent years. Each person will likely be required to fill out Form I-864a, which serves as a contact between the sponsor and the household member. You can access Form I-864a by clicking here
  • Proof of your current employment. If you are self-employed, you will need to provide proof of this as well. Some forms of evidence that will suffice for this requirement include: pay stubs or an employment verification statement from your employer on official company letterhead. You will want your employer to include your start date, work duties, and current salary.


To avoid having your Form I-134 denied, be sure to include all requested evidence initially when filing. If the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) doesn’t receive the information they need at the time they process your application, they likely will deny it and you will be required to go through the entire process again, including the processing wait time.

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