Form I-864EZ needs to be filed to show ability to financially support the Green Card applicant.

This page contains step-by-step Form I-864EZ instructions for marriage based green card.

  • Who is filing Form I-864EZ: U.S. citizen
  • Form I-864EZ filing fee: $0
USCIS Form I-864EZ Instructions marriage based green card

Form I-864EZ Instructions

  • 1a – 1c. Select ‘Yes’, if applicable
This is Green Card applicant’s information
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    • 1. Name of Immigrant
      • Enter your name as it appears on your U.S. Passport or U.S. Driver’s license, or
      • If you’ve taken or plan on taking your spouse’s last name, use that instead
      • This is the same information that appears on ‘Form I-485, part 1, item 1’.
    • 2. Mailing Address
      • List the address you want to receive all mail from USCIS at
      • 2a. In Care of Name
        • If it’s your own address, leave this blank (common choice)
        • If it’s someone else’s address, write his/her name here if you prefer the mail to be delivered under his/her name
      • 2b. – 2f. Enter the rest of the address
      • This is the same information that appears on ‘Form I-485, part 1, item 13’
      • 2g – 2h. Leave blank
      • 2i. Enter ‘USA’
    • 3 – 4. Self explanatory
    • 5. Alien Registration Number
      • Leave blank if you don’t have one
        • Quite common you won’t have one
        • If you’re a student, who’s been issued an EAD card for OPT before, write ‘none’
    • 6. USCIS Online Account Number
      • Leave blank if you don’t have one (common choice)
    • 7. U.S. Social Security Number
      • Leave blank if you don’t have one

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This is U.S. Citizen’s information
  • 1a – 1c. Your Full Name
    • Enter your name as it appears on your U.S. Passport or U.S. Driver’s license, or
    • If you’ve taken or plan on taking your spouse’s last name, use that instead
    • This is the same information that appears on ‘Form I-130, part 2, item 4’
  • 2. Mailing Address
    • List the address you want to receive all mail from USCIS at
    • 2a. In Care of Name
      • If it’s your own address, leave this blank (common choice)
      • If it’s someone else’s address, write his/her name here if you prefer the mail to be delivered under his/her name
    • 2b – 2i. Fill the rest of the address
    • This is the same information that appears on ‘Form I-130, part 2, item 10’
  • 3. Self explanatory
    • This is the same information that appears on ‘Form I-130, part 2, item 11’
  • 4. Physical Address
    • Leave blank, if you have live at the same address as listed in item 2 above
    • If you do not live at the same address as listed in item 2, then provide the address you live at
  • 5. Country of Domicile
    • If you live in the U.S., enter USA (common choice)
    • If you do not live in the U.S., refer to USCIS Form I-1864EZ instructions, ‘Item Number 5. Country of Domicile’ on page 5 of 11
  • 6 – 10. Self explanatory
  • 11. USCIS Online Account Number
    • Leave blank if you don’t have one (common choice)
    • Naturalized U.S. citizens who have created a USCIS account will likely have one
  • 12. Check ‘I am a U.S. Citizen’
  • 13a. Do not select
  • 13b. Alien Registration Number
    • U.S. born U.S. citizens
      • Write ‘N/A’
    • Naturalized U.S. citizens
      • Refer to your Certificate of Naturalization
        • Enter your Alien Registration Number here, and not your Certificate number
          • Alien Registration Number starts with A
          • They’re both listed on your certificate, so be careful
    • Children to U.S. citizen parents born outside of U.S.
      • Refer to your Certificate of Citizenship
        • Enter your Alien Registration Number here, and not your Certificate number
          • They’re both listed on your certificate and both start with A, so be extra careful
          • The certificate number is one on the top, printed in RED
          • The other is your USCIS Registration Number (Alien Number)
  • 14. Do not select
  • 15. Self explanatory
This is U.S. Citizen’s information
  • 1a. Yourself and the person… Form I-864EZ
    • Enter 2 (if not on the form already)
      • 1 for you and 1 for your spouse
  • 1b. Your spouse
    • Leave blank
    • Do NOT count him/her again
  • 1c – 1f. Self Explanatory
    • If you can’t edit these fields, make sure to download the form and not view in browser
This is U.S. citizen’s information
  • 1. I am currently:
    • Select ‘Employed’, if employed
      • Complete 2a – 2c
    • Select ‘Retired’, if retired
      • Complete 3a – 3c
  • 2a – 2c. Self explanatory
    • Enter only if you selected ‘Employed’ in item 1
    • Leave blank if you selected ‘Retired’ in item 1
    • Leave 2c blank if you only have 1 job
  • 3a – 3b. Self explanatory
    • Enter only if you selected ‘Retired’ in item 1
    • Leave blank if you selected ‘Employed’ in item 1
  • 4. Self explanatory
  • 5a. Self explanatory
    • If you selected ‘No’,  please stop and contact an Immigration Attorney and check if you are eligible to file
  • 5b. This is an optional field
    • We recommend sending in last 3 years of tax returns, if available
    • You can electronically retrieve your tax record (transcript) on IRS’s website
  • 6a – 6c. Self explanatory
This is U.S. Citizen’s information
  • 1a. Select this box, if the U.S. citizen or green card applicant has filled this application (common choice)
  • 1b. Select this box, if an interpreter has filled this application
    • Provide language the interpreter used to communicate with you
  • 2. Select this box, if an interpreter has filled this application
    • Provide the full name of the interpreter
  • 3 – 5. Provide the U.S. citizen’s (applicant) information
  • 6. Sign and Date after printing the form
    • Sign in Black ink
    • If you forget to sign and date, your application may get rejected

This section should only be filled if you used an interpreter to fill your form. If not, leave this section blank.

This section should only be filled if anyone else besides the U.S. citizen (applicant) or green card applicant has filled this form. If not, leave this section blank.

This section should only be filled if the information provided in sections above needed additional space. If not, leave this section blank. If you’re using this section, make sure you follow these steps:

  1. Fill out 1a, 1b, 1c
  2. Fill 2, if applicable
  3. Do no repeat the information provided in the sections above
  4. If you need additional space, make copies of this section, and repeat steps 1, 2, and 3 for every copy.

Tips and Checks

  1. Fill using BLACK ink
  2. We recommend saving a local copy, so you don’t lose your entered data
  3. Make sure the form hasn’t expired. Expiration date is stated on the top right corner of the form
  4. For items that are Not-Applicable, write ‘N/A’
  5. For item that have the answer none, write ‘none’
  6. For those who have already taken or are planning on taking your spouse’s last name, use your new last name while filling the application.
    • It does not matter if your SSN, Drivers License, Passport etc. have not been updated to reflect your new name. Your marriage certificate suffices the name change requirement
  7. We think our Form I-864EZ instructions are sufficient, but if you want more information here are USCIS’s instructions.

Form I-864EZ Instructions FAQ

Per USCIS, Form I-864EZ has to be filed to show that the applying immigrant has enough financial support to live without concern of becoming reliant on U.S. government welfare.

In this case, the U.S. Citizen needs to file Form I-864EZ for the Green Card applicant to meet this criteria.

Yes, these Form I-864EZ instructions are limited to Green Card by Marriage when both spouses are physically present in the U.S.

If you’re looking for Form I-864EZ instructions for a different category, visit our green card journey page.

In this case, the U.S. Citizen has to file form I-864EZ.

Detailed step-by-step instructions can be found in Form I-864EZ instructions section above.

That concludes the Form I-864EZ instructions. If you have any thoughts, questions, or clarifications on Form I-864EZ Instructions , feel free to ask and/or discuss them in the Marriage-based Green Card discussions.

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