Original Signatures No Longer Mandatory on Form I-864
In order to smoothen the visa process for family-based visa categories and reduce the number of visa rejections on the pretext of incomplete documentation, the National Visa Center will now accept photocopies and scanned versions of signed Forms I-864 and associated documents. Although original or ‘wet ink’ signatures are no longer mandatory, the form must still be signed; typed names and electronic signatures are not acceptable.
This applies to all categories of family-based categories that need to show financial support in the United States including I-864A, I-864W, and I-864EZ.
U.S. law requires all family-based immigration applicants to have a petitioner submit an Affidavit of Support in the form of the I-864 which reflects his financial ability to support the visa applicant. This is to be accompanied with supporting evidence of their income, such as a federal IRS tax transcript and copies of Forms W-2.
Other things to remember for Form I-864:
- Petitioners must meet a minimum income level called the Federal Poverty Guidelines
- If sponsor doesn’t meet the Poverty Guidelines, he can include value of assets to make up the deficit
- Sponsor must be domiciled in the United States
- Documentation should include Form W-2
- IRS tax transcripts are a preferred form of proof of income
For more information, read the I-864 Affidavit of Support FAQs.