Form I-864P, 2018 HHS Poverty Guidelines for Affidavit of Support

This information is used to determine the minimum income requirement needed to sponsor most family-based immigrants and some employment-based immigrants to show that they have adequate means of financial support and are not likely to rely on the U.S. government for financial support.

The information below represents the minimum income requirements when completing Form I-864, Affidavit of Support. These guidelines remain in effect from March 1, 2018, until new guidelines go into effect in 2019.

Means-Tested Public Benefits

Federal Means-Tested Public Benefits: To date, federal agencies administering benefit programs have determined that federal means-tested public benefits include food stamps, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and the State Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

State Means-Tested Public Benefits: Each state will determine which, if any, of its public benefits are means-tested. If a state determines that it has programs which meet this definition, it is encouraged to provide notice to the public on which programs are included. Check with the state public assistance office to determine which, state assistance programs are means-tested public benefits.

Programs Not Included: The following federal and state programs are not included as means-tested benefits:

  • Emergency Medicaid; 
  • Short-term, non-cash emergency relief; 
  • Services provided under the National School Lunch and Child Nutrition Acts;
  • Immunizations and testing and treatment for communicable diseases; 
  • Student assistance under the Higher Education Act and the Public Health Service Act; 
  • Certain forms of foster-care or adoption  assistance under the Social Security Act;
  • Head Start programs; 
  • Means-tested  programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act; and 
  • Job Training Partnership Act programs.

For the 48 Contiguous States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands:

Sponsor's Household Size100% of HHS Poverty Guidelines*125% of HHS Poverty Guidelines*
 For sponsors on active duty in the U.S. armed forces who are petitioning for their spouse or childFor all other sponsors
2$16,460$20,575
3$20,780$25,975
4$25, 100$31,375
5$29,420$36,775
6$33,740$42,175
7$38,060$47,575
8$42,380$52, 975
 Add $4,320 for each additional personAdd $5,400 for each additional person

For Alaska:

Sponsor's Household Size100% of HHS Poverty Guidelines*125% of HHS Poverty Guidelines*
 For sponsors on active duty in the U.S. armed forces who are petitioning for their spouse or childFor all other sponsors
2$20,580$25,725
3$25,980$32,475
4$31,380$39,225
5$36,780$45,975
6$42,180$52,725
7$47,580$59,475
8$52,980$66,225
 Add $5,400 for each additional personAdd $6,750 for each additional person

For Hawaii:

Sponsor's Household Size100% of HHS Poverty Guidelines*125% of HHS Poverty Guidelines*
 For sponsors on active duty in the U.S. armed forces who are petitioning for their spouse or childFor all other sponsors
2$18,930$23,662
3$23,900$29,875
4$28,870$36,087
5$33,840$42,300
6$38,810$48,512
7$43,780$54, 725
8$48.750$60,937
 Add $4,970 for each additional personAdd $6,212 for each additional person
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