The poverty guidelines for Form I-864P vary based on household size, location and active duty military status, states U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. As of March 1, 2015, the minimum required sponsor household income is $15,930 for a military family of two in the continental United States and its territories.
Sponsors complete Form I-864P to demonstrate to USCIS that immigrants are unlikely to rely on government assistance once they settle in the United States, explains Immihelp.com. Specifically, sponsors must show that they are able to support their existing household members plus sponsored immigrants at 125 percent of the poverty level and commit to supporting sponsored immigrants with those resources. Active duty military households are only required to demonstrate the ability to support their households at 100 percent of the poverty level.
The Department of Health and Human Services sets poverty levels and guidelines for Alaska, Hawaii and the 48 contiguous states and territories. Sponsor households located in Alaska and Hawaii are required to demonstrate a higher income than those located in the continental United States and its territories, notes Immihelp.com. Once an immigrant is settled in the United States, if he applies for public benefits, the resources the sponsor reported at Form I-864P may be used to assess the immigrant's eligibility for those benefits.