Currently, I am a graduate student with no income. Consequently, I have asked my brother to co-sponsor and submit the I-134 document. However, for fears that someone may steal his identity or that his private information may fall into the wrong hands, he is averse to presenting his last year's tax returns. He stated that he is willing to sign a release to the embassy or State Department so that they could pull them; but he does not want copies of the returns floating around. I understand this release scenario has no chance of happening.
Are there any other documents, that would suffice from the co-sponsor (my brother) for the purpose of supporting evidence in place of tax returns?
For example, in the I-134 instructions it states:
"Evidence should consist of copies of any of the documents listed below that apply to your situation." (My emphasis on "any")
"B. Statement(s) from your employer on business stationery showing:
1. Date and nature of employment;
2. Salary paid; and
3. Whether the position is temporary or permanent."
Would this statement be acceptable for our purposes of supporting evidence?
I observe that in part 13 Evidence of Support of the K-1/K-3 instructions that the embassy sent us, it states:
"Both, the Sponsor (Petitioner) as well as the Joint-Sponsor, will have to
present last year’s income tax return and proof of current and sustainable income (e.g letter of employment on
letterhead including salary and start date, most recent salary receipts, bank accounts, value of properties,
etc.)" (My emphasis on "and")
This seems to explicitly contradict the I-134 instructions.
If it means anything, the documents will be submitted to and her interview will happen at the Buenos Aires embassy.
I'm stuck here. Thank you very much for any help you provide in advance.