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FORM I-134, Declaration of Financial Support

FORM I-134, Declaration of Financial Support 

During the visa interview, applicants will be required to present evidence that they are not likely to become a public charge in the United States.  Applicants may present evidence that a sponsor – the applicant, their U.S. citizen fiancé(e), or another sponsor in the United States – is able to financially support the visa applicant. Such as:


Proof of Sponsor’s Funds

  1. Bank statement or other financial documents including deposits, date the account opened, total amount deposited for the past year, and present balance.
  2. List containing serial numbers and denominations of bonds and names of record owner(s).
  3. Proof of ownership of property or real estate, in the form of a title deed or the equivalent and a letter from a lawyer or real estate agent showing its present valuation (any mortgages or loans against the property must be stated).
  4. Letter or letters verifying ownership of stocks and bonds, with present market value or indication of expected earnings.
  5. Statement from insurance company showing policies held and present case surrender value.
  6. Proof of income from business investments or other sources.

Note: If the financial resources are derived from a source outside the United States, a statement as to how the funds or income are to be transferred to the United States must be provided.

Proof of Sponsor’s Employment

  1. Copies of sponsor’s most recent federal income tax return (either the tax transcript or both 1040 and W2).
  2. Statement(s) from the employer on company letterhead showing salary and the length and permanency of employment in the United States.


The Consular Officer may request that Form I-134, Declaration of Financial Support, be submitted by the visa applicant, the petitioning U.S. citizen fiancé(e), or a sponsor in the United States. In these cases, submit two or more items from the list above.

The visa applicant can present these financial documents at the applicant’s visa interview. If the U.S. citizen sponsor does not wish the person to see Form I-134 and/or the evidence of financial support documents, you may mail it directly to the Embassy or Consulate with a cover letter giving the applicant’s full name, date and place of birth, and case number.