2018 Affidavit of Support (I-864) and Public Charge Issues Update - Recording (.MP3)
The Affidavit of Support (I-864) is one of the most common reasons for USCIS Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and case processing delays. In addition, due to significant changes in January 2018 to the U.S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM), AILA members are reporting a significant uptick in immigrant visa refusals at U.S. consulates for failure to demonstrate that the applicant is not likely to become a public charge. This often results in devastating consequences, including revocation of I-601A provisional unlawful presence waivers. Our panel of experts will provide an overview of the FAM changes, discuss best practices for effectively preparing Affidavits of Support and supporting evidence, and offer tips and strategies for preparing clients for consular and adjustment interviews. Panelists also will address how to overcome an erroneous public charge denial by a consulate or USCIS.
- Overview of January 2018 FAM Changes and DHS Changes on the Horizon
- Screening for Income Eligibility and Preparing an Effective Form I-864 or I-864EZ
- Initial Evidence and Responding to RFEs When Income Is Complicated: Assets, Self-Employed Clients, and Irregular Income
- Augmenting Insufficient Petitioner Income with Household Members, Co-Sponsors, and the Intending Immigrant
- The Affidavit of Support Is No Longer Enough: Consideration of Other Evidence
- Preparing Clients for Consular or Adjustment Interviews