Form I-864P, Poverty Guidelines

Form I-864P

Form I-864P is used to determine a minimum income requirement in order to complete Form I-864, Affidavit of Support under Section 213A of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The current Poverty Guidelines contained in Form I-864P remain in effect from March 01, 2011 with new guidelines for Form I-864P come into effect in 2012.

The 2011 Poverty Guidelines indicated on Form I-864P are based upon Federal Means-Tested public benefits. Federal agencies have determined that federal means tested benefits include food stamps, Medicaid, Sup;;supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF), and the Sate Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Accordingly, and pursuant to Form I-864P, states will determine if any of its public benefits are means-tested.

As indicated on Form I-864P, certain state and federal programs are not included as means-tested benefits. These programs include 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 Ace; certain forms of foster card or adoption assistance under the Social Security Act; Head Start Programs.

Sponsors who are on active duty in the United States Armed Services who are petitioning for their spouse or child have a special guideline pursuant to Form I-864P.