USCIS released an updated Form I-134 Affidavit of Support, on December 10, 2008. This new Form I-134 subjects sponsors to the penalty of perjury provision, instead of signature notarization, and specifies greater legal obligations imposed to sponsors.
The Sponsor and Alien Liability section of the form has simplified statements that include: (1) if the person that is being sponsored becomes a public charge, an agency that provides assistance may be able to sue the sponsor to recover the cost of the assistance; and (2) the sponsor's income and assets may be combined with those of the person whom he or she is sponsoring in determining that person's eligibility for food stamps, supplemental social security income, and temporary assistance for needy families. USCIS has clarified that “jointly and severally liable” means the alien and sponsors are each liable up to the full amount of any repayment fee. Sponsors are bound by the joint and several liability for the period of time determined under the statutes and rules governing each specific welfare–related program.
Additional changes include some technical updates and questions imposed on persons who are neither U.S. citizens based on their birth in the United States nor noncitizen U.S. nationals based on their birth in American Samoa, including Swain Island. The new form also requires such non U.S. nationals to provide their Form I-94, Arrival-Departure Document, number. The new version of Form I-134 is currently available at www.uscis.gov.