Revised 2015

All Sponsors must be able to provide substantial evidence in meeting the requirements, to fulfill the adequate Poverty Guidelines that you fall under? Unless you are in the armed forces on active duty, you will fall under the 125% guidelines.

All Sponsors that fall short of the requirements should acquire a joint sponsorship by submitting I-864A. The chart below will only be accurate to you once you have determined how many dependents including yourself verses the amount of income you earn annually.

Minimum Income Requirement for Use in Completing Form I-864.

For the 48 Contiguous States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands & Guam

I-864 Poverty Guidelines for K1 Visa sponsor


2015 USCIS Poverty Guidelines

What to do if you do not meet the required income level set by the
Poverty Guidelines?

A sponsor who does not meet the Poverty Guidelines has option to file the

I-864A contract between sponsor & household member. 

I-864A, Contract Between
Sponsor and Household Member
 What is this I-864A Form about?
Form I-864A, Contract Between Sponsor and Household Member, is an attachment to Form I-864, Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the Immigration and Nationality Act. It is an optional form, completed and signed by two individuals: a sponsor who is completing Form I-864, and a household member who is promising to make his or her income and/or assets available to the sponsor to help support the sponsored immigrant(s). The combined signing of this form constitutes an agreement that the household member is responsible along with the sponsor for the support of the individual(s) named in this form.
Please do not let other web-sites confuse you about the amount of earning a US sponsor must be making in order to be a qualified petitioner.
This is a chart that shows how much you have to earn if you are in the US Armed Forces and are on Active Duty. If this is you then you only need to meet 100% of the Poverty Guidelines as shown below in this chart.

2015 Poverty Guidelines needed for interview


Size of
Family Unit
48 Contiguous
States and D.C.
Alaska Hawaii
1 $11,170 $13,970 $12,860
2 $15,130 $18,920 $17,410
3 $19,090 $23,870 $21,960
4 $23,050 $28,820 $26,510
5 $27,010 $33,770 $31,060
6 $30,970 $38,720 $35,610
7 $34,930 $43,670 $40,160
8 $38,890 $48,620 $44,710
For each additional person, add $3,960 $4,950 $4,550