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Q: How to fill out Part 5, from 1-8 considering my situation?

I am currently in the process of filing the I-864 Affidavit of Support as a joint sponsor for my daughter's husband who resides overseas. I have a question regarding Part 5, specifically in determining the household size.

In my household, I live with my husband, our 18-year-old son, and our 24-year-old daughter (she is the one who is married and I will be sponsoring her husband). My husband is currently unemployed, and neither of my children has been employed. I claim both my daughter and son as dependents on my taxes. Additionally, I have never sponsored anyone in my lifetime, and no one has combined any income with mine.

Could you kindly advise me on how to accurately fill out Part 5, from 1-8 considering my family situation and the fact that I have no prior sponsorship experience?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In filling out Part 5 of the I-864 Affidavit of Support for your daughter's husband, you'll need to calculate your household size accurately. Here's how to approach each item from 1 to 8:

1. Include yourself in the count.

2. Include your husband, as he is a member of your household.

3. Include your son, as he lives with you and is claimed as a dependent.

4. Include your daughter, despite her being married, since you claim her as a dependent.

5. Add your daughter's husband, the intending immigrant you are sponsoring.

6. Since you have never sponsored another immigrant before, leave this section blank.

7. If no one has combined their income with yours for this sponsorship, leave this section blank as well.

8. Sum the total number of individuals from items 1 through 7.

Your total household size should reflect the sum of these numbers. This accurate count is crucial for determining your financial ability to sponsor the immigrant, as required by the affidavit. Remember, each individual should only be counted once in your household size calculation.

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