April 20, 2009
Here at Fong & Chun, we handle many cases for which a "financial sponsor" must submit an I-134 or I-864 Affidavit of Support. These "sponsors" must have resources and income sufficient to meet US government "poverty guidelines."
The US Department of Health and Human Services sets the poverty guidelines annually. The poverty guidelines in effect for 2009 are set forth here. All cases filed after 1 March 2009 are expected to meet the standard set in the new poverty guideline. --jcf