An individual who completes Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, is the sponsor petitioning for an immigrant to come to the U.S. According to USCIS guidelines and official website, the following requirements by the sponsor must be met.
- "You have already petitioned for your relative.
- You have been notified that USCIS has approved the petition.
- The visa for that relative is currently available.
- The relative has been scheduled to appear to submit his or her application for an immigrant visa overseas to a Consular Officer (DOS Form OF-230) or is preparing to file for adjustment of status to that of a lawful permanent resident (on Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status) in the United States. In the case of the overseas relative, you, the petitioner will be informed as to where and when to submit Form I-864. In the case where the relative is in the United States, you, the petitioner will complete Form I-864 and give it to your relative to file along with his or her application for permanent residency.”