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Special Instructions: Completing USCIS Form I-134


The following are special instructions for completeing Form I-134: Affidavit of Support, which is used by  U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents to support international students applying for an I-20 and/or F-1 visa.

To use the on-line form see the button at the bottom of this page:

  1. Under Affidavit of Support Form I-134, scroll to the bottom.
  2. Open and read the Instructions for information on the support documents needed (Bank letter AND Proof of Income)
  3. Open the  I-134 PDF.  Complete the form on-line and print it out.
  4. Remember to sign and date the form (typed signatures are not accepted)

Questions 1 and 2 refer to the Sponsor. Married couples submitting joint support documentation showing BOTH names may complete one form.

Question 3 refers to the Student being sponsored and any of the student’s dependents (sponsor dependents are listed in Question 8)

Question 7 has several parts. The first two lines requesting dollar amounts are required:
     Annual Income – this is for 12 months and must match the salary letter or IRS1040 (pages 1 and 2) submitted
     Total funds in banks (savings and checking) – must match that shown in support documents
     Personal Property – not necessary to complete, is not taken into account
     Stocks and Bonds – Cash kept in these funds (not the stock 'cash value') may be submitted or listed under "total funds in banks"
     Life Insurance and Surrender value – not required
     Real Estate – may be helpful to show home ownership, especially if providing room and board to student.  No mortgage documents needed.

Questions 8-10 are about the people the sponsor supports or submitted support documents to USCIS or the State Department for.

Question 11 is the MOST IMPORTANT question. This must be completed. Check the “Intend” box.  Write in the three lines exactly what you intend to pay for (see the list of Estimated Costs list for category names and to be sure to account for all costs.) Include the maximum length of time you will sponsor the student for this degree program – Estimate three (3) years, or longer if English study is required. The minimum is one year and the maximum is "until the student completes the Associate degree".   Sponsors who plan to cover all tuition and fees, and books and supplies may write "All Educational Expenses".  Sponsors who plan to cover Medical Insurance, Transportation, Personal Expenses, and room and board, may write "All Living Expenses".  Sponsors planning to cover all the students expenses should write "All educational and all living expenses" and the period of time.  What you write indicates that you understand what is included in these estimated costs.


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