Earlier this month, the USCIS published the updated HHS Federal Poverty Guidelines for 2018. The figures are used in the context of family-based immigration (and some employment-based immigration), in order to calculate the financial requirement the petitioner and/or any joint sponsor must meet, in order to successfully file an Affidavit of Support, for the benefit of the intending immigrant.

As every US immigration attorney knows, it is imperative to ensure the Affidavit of Support is carefully drafted and properly executed, in order to minimize the risk of delay or, worst case scenario, visa denial.

USCIS HHS Federal Poverty Guidelines 2018

For the 48 Contiguous States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands:

Sponsor’s Household Size 100% of HHS Poverty Guidelines

 

(NB: For sponsors on active duty in the US Armed Forces, who are petitioning for their spouse or child)

125% of HHS Poverty Guidelines

 

(NB: Applies to all other sponsors)

2 $16,460 $20,575
3 $20,780 $25,975
4 $25,100 $31,375
5 $29,420 $36,775
6 $33,740 $42,175
7 $38,060 $47,575
8 $42,380 $52,975
9 + Add $4,320 for each

additional person.

Add $5,400 for each additional person.

 

For Alaska

Sponsor’s Household Size 100% of HHS Poverty Guidelines

 

(NB: For sponsors on active duty in the US Armed Forces, who are petitioning for their spouse or child)

125% of HHS Poverty Guidelines

 

(NB: Applies to all other sponsors)

2 $20,580 $25,725
3 $25,980 $32,475
4 $31,380 $39,225
5 $36,780 $45,975
6 $42,180 $52,725
7 $47,580 $59,475
8 $52,980 $66,225
9 + Add $5,400 for each additional person Add $6,750 for each additional person.

 

For Hawaii:

Sponsor’s Household Size 100% of HHS Poverty Guidelines

 

(NB: For sponsors on active duty in the US Armed Forces, who are petitioning for their spouse or child)

125% of HHS Poverty Guidelines

 

(NB: Applies to all other sponsors)

2 $18,930 $23,662
3 $23,900 $29,875
4 $28,870 $36,087
5 $33,840 $42,300
6 $38,810 $48,512
7 $43,780 $54,725
8 $48,750 $60,937
9 + Add $4,970 for each additional person. Add $6,212 for each additional person.

 

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Published: 10th April 2018