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I assume this is in regards to Affidavit of Support I-134

The letter from the bank is optional, if your income is large enough to satisfy the 125% poverty line rule If your income is then you only need to submit copy of Tax return, W2, and letter from employer.

You only need to provide bank letter, or assets when your income is less than 125% poverty line to make up the difference between income and poverty line.

Note read the instructions included with form I-134.

II. Supporting Evidence.

As the sponsor, you must show you have sufficient income and/or financial resources to assure that the alien you are sponsoring will not become a public charge while in the United States.

Evidence should consist of copies of any or all of the following documentation listed below that are applicable to your situation.

Failure to provide evidence of sufficient income and/or financial resources may result in the denial of the alien's application for a visa or his removal from the United States.

The Sponsor must submit in duplicate evidence of income and resources, as appropriate:

A. Statement from officer of the bank or other fincial institution where you have deposits, giving the following details regarding your account:

1. Date account opened;

2. Total amount deposited for the past year;

3 Present balance.

B. Statement of your employer on business stationary, showing:

1. Date and nature of employment;

2. Salary paid;

3. Whether the position is temporary or permanent.

C. If self-employed:

1. Copy of last income tax return filed; or

2. Report of commercial rating concern.

D. List containing serial numbers and denomination of bonds and name of record owner(s).

Note: Where the instructions says and/or the "OR" means can be one or the other. If your income is sufficient provide them with the evidence that they need, example Copy of last 1-3 years tax returns, past 6 month's pay stubs, and letter from employer.

Tax transcripts are acceptable in place of tax returns.

Edited by YuAndDan

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I tried getting a written statement from B of A also. They were no help in the bank itself and referred me to the Customer Service line. When I did speak to an operator on the phone, she was rude and told me it could be 2 weeks before I recieved the letter and I believe it was 5-10 dollars per letter. I decided just to use my bank statements and printouts from online..Good luck to you and if you do have succcess getting that letter from B of A please PM or post it on here!

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This is why I opened an account with Wachovia. I know its off topic, but Customer Service these days is below standard. They don't even try to consider your life and what you are trying to accomplish if it's outside their "procedures". I mean man, you need a letter. Does anyone know how to write a letter anymore? *(Form letters not included)

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I went to the bank yeserday and the guy i spoke to was so inept. he was as confused as a thanksgiven Turkey!! He ended up given a form for buying a house. Does anybody know how to get a letter from the bank as part of evidence for a K-1 interview process. Anybody please!!

I bank with Bank of America and wrote out a sample letter of what I needed and took it in and one of the officers wrote out the letter for me. She was real nice and helpful, although she did state that ordinarily it would be something that you would have to order through their bank number and it would take a week or two. Hope that helps!

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Hey Taye....by the way, thanks for the replies....

As for Bank statement, i believe the question has been answered. I know we try to be as complete as possible when sending out documents (i know i do) but the fact, is from the I-134 instructions page, it is clear that any of the supporting docs would suffice.....YuandDan has displayed this in an earlier post.

Personal experience with BOA was positive but i guess such results happen when the BOA rep has had prior experience on the subject. I know one thing for sure: it is better to make this request walking into the bank (possibly with a copy of the I-134form) and speaking to a more seasoned rep than talking about it over the phone with a customer service rep (less probability of getting one who understands the request)

In my own case, the rep knew all about the letter, although BOA does not really give those details as specified on I-134 form. They have some sort of generic form that indicates the accounts you have with BOA, the dates all accounts were opened and the average monthly balance on the accounts. I had already sent the bulk of my documents to Nigeria before the original letter arrived in my mailbox. the bank rep gave me a faxed copy of the original earlier though.

Well here`s the thing...i later surmised that this bank letter is just an overkill. I have letter from employer, paystubs, bank statements (printed online), and tax documents. I really could do without the underscoring of my average monthly balance (thank you very much) so even though i have the bank letter, i have asked my fiancee to place that one in a file labeled "for you eyes only". So that letter will not be shown to any C.O. Other supporting documents should and must suffice.

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a&o    3

I just asked for this info from Bank of America, too (via a question sent over the online banking website). Here's the answer:

We recommend visiting your local Bank of America banking center for

assistance. Please note that there is a $10.00 processing fee per

account for this request. If you are unable to visit a banking center,

please mail your request for an account reference letter to the

following address:

Bank of America Credit Inquiry Services

VOD Desk


PO Box 34893

Seattle, WA 98124-1893

You may also fax your request to 1.900.733.8637

In your request, please include the following information:

1. That you need an account reference letter

2. The purpose of the account reference letter

3. Your Bank of America account number

4. Your Social Security Number

5. To whom the letter should be addressed

6. Your permission to deduct the $10.00 processing fee per account for

the letter from your Bank of America account

7. Your return mailing address or fax number so that we may send the

completed letter to you

8. Your signature.

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