Is affidavit really required for F1 Visa Interview?

If you look at the list of required documents for F1 Visa, an affidavit is not a mandatory document.

Have you read Visa Officers ask for Affidavit from F1 student applicant?


So, why do you need one?

Because everyone is taking one with them!

You really don’t need an affidavit form for F1 Visa.

It means nothing in my view.

Your bank statements and bank transactions (passbook) has more value than your affidavit from a sponsor.

If you intend to take one with you, you would have 3 possible scenarios:

  1. Sponsor is in India (or your home country)
  2. Sponsor is located in a different country
  3. Sponsor is living in the USA

Sample Affidavit from India

You will need to take original affidavit of support for F1 Visa interview.

Some universities require affidavit in the format they provide for admission. Sample provided below can be used during application and visa. What should be the contents of the affidavit for visa interview?

Affidavit for F1 Visa

Use the sample content below for students appearing for Visa interview in India.

Sponsors Affidavit of Support

To : US Visa Officer, Chennai Consulate.

Student Name : Your Name

I, SPONSORS NAME(Parents, relatives) aged XX years is residing at SPONSORS Address, do thereby solemnly affirm and state as under.
That Students NAME is going to study in University Name is my son ( or relation). Our family has sufficient funds to cover the education expense while studying at university name till course completion. We have total funds of $XXXXXX as shown in the separate bank balance.




How to get Affidavit

You can get an affidavit in a Stamp paper.

Make sure you don’t have any mistakes or typo in your affidavit form. Take the affidavit along with your bank statement, bank passbook.

For sponsors located in the USA, typically the affidavit is given by the Form I-134 (available from USCIS website).

Get I-134 completed and signed by the US sponsor.

Ask them to send a scanned copy to you and you can take it along for the interview.

P.S. Sponsors living outside your home country may not have to go through this hassle of getting an affidavit. Ask them to send the bank statement and the letter from the bank.


  1. cloe on July 2, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Hello, I am appearing for a F1 visa interview in one week. My sponsors are my first cousin and her husband who live in US. In their affidavit of support my cousin has not mentioned the relation between us. Do you think this may cause a problem for the embassy?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on October 20, 2018 at 4:02 PM

      US Sponsors typically give I-134 form.

  2. T Basu on March 1, 2012 at 4:59 AM

    I am appearing for F-1 visa interview in may 2012.I am fresher BE graduate 2011.My parents are helping me in sponsoring education. I need to show $ 10,000 for first year.And another $ 10,0000 as second year expences. But my parents have all this money in Fixed Deposit form in their names.
    Can I show this FD of my parents as funds for my sponsor??? OR do I need to ask them to break their FD and liquadate the funds for the first year sponsor. For second year they will accept FD as security I know but I am worried about wehether they will accept first year funds in form of FD. Pls help.

    • latha.s on May 9, 2012 at 7:01 AM

      i want the details above who asking the qts.

  3. zain on November 8, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    i got my visa date finalized and the my sponsor that is my uncle is in US and working there . Can u plz help me out in telling wat all documents frm my uncle is needed for the interview.
    thank you

  4. kumar on February 9, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    For F1 VISA which consulate between Delhi and Chennai is OK? More crowd is in Chennai or Delhi

  5. komal on January 18, 2011 at 2:48 AM

    hi i have my mother's bank ba;ance certificate but the problem is regarding spelling of my mother's name , my passport and balance certificate spelling does not coincide. so what to do? i m not able to get balance certificate again.

  6. Shahper on December 17, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    anyone can tell that if the father dont have sufficient funds then any other person who is not family member can he Sponsors for F-I visa???? Kindly inform me by email, i shall be thankful to all of u .
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    • HSB on December 17, 2010 at 3:58 PM

      Yes, your relatives can sponsor your eduction.

      • Hari Krishna Veturi on December 17, 2010 at 10:22 PM

        What if they aren't our relatives? What if they are someone whom we've been knowing long ago. What about them then? Can they be specified as colleagues or someone?

  7. hitesh on June 13, 2010 at 5:45 AM

    Hi. my visa got rejected . im applyinf for the second time. Wanna know if i can go with a differernt i 20 ..?.. will it a problem

    • krunal patel on July 27, 2010 at 3:01 AM


      No, but you need strong reasion and uniq information abt changed uni / clg.

  8. Olerin on June 12, 2010 at 2:53 AM

    Hi i got my visa date finalized and the my sponsor that is my uncle is in US and working there . Can u plz help me out in telling wat all documents frm my uncle is needed for the interview and also tell me is it so that if the sponsor is frm US or if u have any relative in US the visa rejection rate is higher..

  9. Abdullah-Al-Mamun on June 4, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    I am mamun.I have already rejected on time and applied for the second time.I have already received my I-20 fro Devry university.How would i satisfy to the Us consulate officer at visa interview session.

  10. Shubhi on June 1, 2010 at 3:33 AM


    My brother is going to be sponsoring me for my graduate studies. He is currently in USA. If I get an affidavit from him, does it have to be signed necessarily or can I just write down his name in the document? Also if he signs it and then mails me a scanned copy of it, will that suffice the requirements?
    Also what other documents should I ask him to arrange to send to me apart from the Bank Statement and the Affidavit of Support.
    Will the self attested copies of these documents work?

  11. emy on May 28, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    i have my I -20 assitance and it was started in my 1-20 that i the required english proficiency by the will i still have to get the scorre of my Test of english
    for my interviw..

    second question,,. i can my sponsore who is in the USA who is citizen and retired
    need the USA oficial SPONSOR form filled or just get a notorize Afidavit of sponsore

  12. Anas Iqbal on May 26, 2010 at 8:19 PM

    How to present the I-34 form and other sponsorship documents in front of Visa Officer? Will he/she ask himsilf/herself or I will have to show my these documents myself at the time of Interview?

  13. punamsodhi on May 18, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Sir kindly tell me that is it true that we have to apply in 3-4 univ. or colleges for i-20?if it is true than what should one do if he is getting only one attested copy of 10th and 10+2 from school?How can one apply with single copy in different colleges and universities?
    I am very tensed kindly reply soon i want to apply for fall 2010.
    waiting for reply

    • HSB on May 18, 2010 at 8:35 PM

      You have incorrect info. Get how many attested copies as you like.

  14. Navtej gill on May 18, 2010 at 12:35 AM

    kindly give me the adress where you are giving

    traning for visa interview

    • Hari Krishna Veturi on January 18, 2011 at 10:52 AM

      Who the hell on this holy earth is giving trainings for the so called "VISA INTERVIEW" on Happy Schools Blog? Have you mistaken or something dude

  15. Haseeb on May 18, 2010 at 12:14 AM

    Can we use form i 134 ? Many of the fields in that form ask for details like assets etc. Are those fields for international students or US students only?

    • HSB on May 18, 2010 at 4:54 AM

      I -134 is affidatit for US law.

  16. thimmashetty on May 17, 2010 at 10:57 PM

    thanka for your mail .i am working on this


  17. santhosh on May 17, 2010 at 8:30 PM

    Hi Sir,
    What if my parents accounts are in abroad,and do we need to get separate affidavit for two sponsors separately thats my uncle and my father,and do we need to get any income tax dept clearance ,thanks


    • HSB on May 18, 2010 at 4:57 AM

      You have to get affidatit from all the sponsors. Also tke original income tax filing document.

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