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We're preemptively getting paperwork together for a joint sponsor, as we've been warned that assets only may not be accepted at the interview. If necessary sponsors will be my parents and I have a few questions about filling out the I-184 for them.

Both of my parents earn enough individually, but file taxes jointly. From what I've read, theoretically there should be no problem having only one of them sponsor as long as W2's and tax returns show individual income, but having the other fill out an I-846A is the safest way to make sure there are no complications. Is that correct?

Household size: Two of my adult brothers still live with them. One of them is 22 now, but for the 2014 tax year was 21 and is listed as a dependent on tax returns. The other is 25 and is not technically a dependent. Although both are now over the age which I-864 instructions give (21) to count unmarried children, my parents definitely support them. Not including them, as the instructions appear to indicate, I feel like I would be witholding information. Should I include only the one brother who was an official dependent last year? Both? Neither? (Income is high enough that even with both listed reaching the poverty guidelines wouldn't be an issue)

If we do end up using both of my parents, I have some questions about how to list my dad's current individual income. He's semi-retired and working part time. He takes on projects pretty much when ever he feels like it, working a few weeks at a time, then not working for several weeks at a time. He gets paid an hourly rate when he works, but then goes periods of time without getting paid. Should he just estimate his income for the next year based on how much he plans on working? Possibly a letter from the company (apart from pay stubs) explaining his status? Because his income is more complicated to document than my mom's (an annual salary) my inclination is to not use him at all, only my mom. But as I mentioned, from what I've read browsing forums the best way to cover all your bases is to use include both using I-864A. Would love to hear suggestions.

Thanks to all in advance!


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We're preemptively getting paperwork together for a joint sponsor, as we've been warned that assets only may not be accepted at the interview. If necessary sponsors will be my parents and I have a few questions about filling out the I-184 for them.

Both of my parents earn enough individually, but file taxes jointly. From what I've read, theoretically there should be no problem having only one of them sponsor as long as W2's and tax returns show individual income, but having the other fill out an I-846A is the safest way to make sure there are no complications. Is that correct?

Household size: Two of my adult brothers still live with them. One of them is 22 now, but for the 2014 tax year was 21 and is listed as a dependent on tax returns. The other is 25 and is not technically a dependent. Although both are now over the age which I-864 instructions give (21) to count unmarried children, my parents definitely support them. Not including them, as the instructions appear to indicate, I feel like I would be withholding information. Should I include only the one brother who was an official dependent last year? Both? Neither? (Income is high enough that even with both listed reaching the poverty guidelines wouldn't be an issue)

If we do end up using both of my parents, I have some questions about how to list my dad's current individual income. He's semi-retired and working part time. He takes on projects pretty much when ever he feels like it, working a few weeks at a time, then not working for several weeks at a time. He gets paid an hourly rate when he works, but then goes periods of time without getting paid. Should he just estimate his income for the next year based on how much he plans on working? Possibly a letter from the company (apart from pay stubs) explaining his status? Because his income is more complicated to document than my mom's (an annual salary) my inclination is to not use him at all, only my mom. But as I mentioned, from what I've read browsing forums the best way to cover all your bases is to use include both using I-864A. Would love to hear suggestions.

Thanks to all in advance!

Yes that's correct, but by the sound of your father's type of income you may not want to include your father. An employer letter would help and he can estimate his next year's earnings. Or just include the entire tax return, or mom's w2s with tax return transcripts and don't include your father's income. Either way your parents should include the brother they claim on their taxes and they do not have to include the other one.


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Just one brother claimed as dependent you could name, not mandatory for second one:)

I had my husband's dad sponsor me even if he filed jointly but I put his retirement documents showing his individual income.

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Thanks to you both. Will definitely declare the one brother, and I'm leaning towards only using my mom. I suppose I could always ask at the interview. We're not planning on taking the paperwork to the interview, only having it ready to turn in after the fact if it ends up being necessary.


09/24/14 Marriage

USCIS

10/23/14 Mailed I-130 from Spain

11/05/14 NOA 1, routed to CSC

12/04/14 NOA 2

NVC

12/17/14 Case received

01/22/15 Case number assigned

01/23/15 DS-261 completed

01/26/15 AOS bill invoiced and paid

02/09/15 Mailed both packages from Spain

02/17/15 Scan date AOS & IV packages

02/17/15 IV bill invoiced

02/18/15 IV bill paid

02/20/15 DS-260 completed

03/24/15 Case Complete

04/16/15 P4 email

Madrid Embassy

05/26/15 Medical

05/28/15 Interview- Approved

07/29/15 POE

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