Comments on Proposed Changes to Forms: Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the Act, Form I-864; Contract Between Sponsor and Household Member, Form I-864A; Affidavit of Support Under Section 213 of the Act, I-864EZ

CLASP submitted these comments to the Federal Register on May 11, 2020 to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in opposition to proposed changes to for Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, and related forms. The revision of the forms is an improper attempt to bypass both the rulemaking process and Congress to impose additional burdens on sponsors in order to limit family-based immigration. CLASP urges that the revisions be halted until both the national health emergency caused by COVID-19 has ended, and forthcoming proposed rules changing the requirements for the affidavit of support have been published, commented upon, reviewed, and finalized.  However, in case USCIS proceeds with the revision, CLASP also comments on some specific provisions of the form.