Background: I'm in America on a j-1 visa until September. I've married my girlfriend (USC) and assembled the majority of the paperwork to submit a simultaneous I-130 and I-485 package. One last stumbling block we're facing concerns the I-864 (Affidavit of Support).
My wife was working abroad for the last 3 tax years and failed to file her taxes here in the states (she is in the process of doing so now as to be in compliance). However, since the beginning of this year (2016) she has started a new job here in America with a salary which is well above the means test to support me for the I-864.
This is the job she will be referring to concerning how she is eligible to support me. I assume she should be writing a letter explaining her current job situation and supplying letters from her current work and copies of her pay stubs for her current job?
Regarding previous tax returns, is it necessary for her to acquire official IRS transcripts for her taxes paid last year? Or would a photocopy of her tax forms for last year suffice? We are wondering this as her previous tax year doesn't seem as relevant as her current job which doesn't fall under last year's tax.
Thanks so much for your help, we really really appreciate it!