This advisory provides an introduction to the Affidavit of Support including various ways to meet the financial requirements, different types of sponsors who may submit Affidavits of Support, who is considered a “household member” for purposes of the Affidavit of Support, and exemptions to the Affidavit of Support.

On December 23, 2022 a new rule on public charge went into effect. For more information, go to the ILRC’s public charge updates page. We are working to update our resources in light of the new rule, which solidifies and strengthens longstanding guidance, but in the meantime much of the information in this resource continues to apply. Note, however, that any I-485 applications submitted on or after December 23, 2022 must use the updated 12/23/22 edition date.