Navigating the Complexities of Form I-864 and Declaration of Self-Sufficiency in Immigration Cases

23 Dec, 2023

When it comes to navigating the intricate requirements of immigration paperwork, the Form I-864, also known as the Affidavit of Support, and the new Declaration of Self-Sufficiency (I-944) can present significant challenges for individuals filing for their own immigration cases. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the complexities of these forms and the potential pitfalls that applicants may encounter, as well as the importance of seeking professional legal assistance to ensure a smooth and successful immigration process.

The Intricacies of Form I-864

The Form I-864, or Affidavit of Support, serves as a critical document to demonstrate that a U.S. sponsor for a Family-Based Case has the financial means to support their foreign spouse or family member. However, navigating the requirements of Form I-864 can be daunting, especially for those attempting to file their immigration cases without professional assistance.

Financial Documentation Requirements

USCIS expects to see evidence of stable employment and financial stability from the sponsoring U.S. citizen or resident. This includes regular pay stubs, a W-2 at the end of the year, and a steady job that provides a consistent income. Deviating from these standard requirements, such as using assets or partial assets to demonstrate financial capability, can lead to misunderstandings and potential complications in the application process.

Common Misunderstandings and Issues

Even individuals with significant income or joint sponsors who meet the financial criteria may encounter challenges in satisfying USCIS requirements. For example, cases where the sponsor earns a substantial income on a W-2 form have still resulted in requests for further evidence (RFEs), highlighting the complexities and potential misunderstandings that can arise in the adjudication of Form I-864.

Navigating Joint Sponsorship and I-864A

In cases where the primary sponsor may not meet the financial requirements on their own, joint sponsorship and the use of Form I-864A may come into play. However, confusion and inconsistencies in the interpretation of these provisions by USCIS officers can lead to additional complications and RFEs, even when the financial support from joint sponsors is evident.

Preparing for Form I-864 and I-944 Adjudication

As the complexities and potential pitfalls of Form I-864 and the new Declaration of Self-Sufficiency (I-944) continue to present challenges for applicants, the importance of seeking professional legal guidance becomes increasingly evident. Navigating the submission and potential adjudication of these crucial forms requires a thorough understanding of the requirements and potential pitfalls, as well as the ability to respond effectively to any requests for further evidence or clarification.


The Form I-864 and Declaration of Self-Sufficiency (I-944) represent critical components of the immigration process, and the potential for complications and misunderstandings underscores the importance of seeking professional legal assistance. By understanding the intricacies of these forms and preparing for potential adjudication challenges, applicants can navigate the immigration process with greater confidence and improve their chances of a successful outcome. As the adjudication of these forms continues to evolve, staying informed and seeking professional legal support will be essential for a smooth and successful immigration process.

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