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I have a question, based on what I read under another thread. As it appeared to be a DCF filing and not a K-1, I was hoping someone in this forum would have some advice. This other person was told they would need a co-sponsor for an I-864 due to the fact that they had been at student the last few years and weren't above the poverty line that whole time.

Now we already have an appointment for the K-1 visa interview at the embassy in Costa Rica. I'm concerned that they will deny/delay the approved based on a similar situation. I just graduated from grad school and effectively had no income for 2004 or 2005 (just student loans), and took my first job in January. We'll be submitting an I-134 with paystub, bank statement, and a letter from my employer stating start date, salary, and non-temporary status (and I am definitely above the 125% income level).

Anyway, my question is this: has anyone been in a similar situation (recent grad) and had the K-1 approval process affected? If so, what did you end up doing?

Should I just put a co-sponsor down, just in case?

Thank you all.


Melissa (USA) and Arturo (Costa Rica)

04-26-04 - Met in Costa Rica

09-01-05 - Engaged!

01-17-06 - I-129F package sent by DHL to NSC

06-14-06 - Fiance Visa Apt - APPROVED! (Day 148)

06-22-06 - Married (civil service)

09-01-06 - Wedding ceremony


06-26-06 - AOS/AP/EAD sent via UPS

09-05-06 - Infopass appointment (Day 73)

12-07-06 - AOS Interview- approved! (Day 170)

Lifting of Conditions

10-27-08 - I-751 sent via FedEx

12-02-08 - Biometrics apt (Day 34)

01-24-09 - Green Card arrived! (Day 87)


04-27-11 - N-400 sent via USPS

05-03-11 - Email from USCIS re: receipt of N-400 (Day 1)

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As a matter of fact, i'm in the same situation. I graduate with my bachelor's in nursing in July and already have job offers...but haven't made diddily the past few years (been living on student loans). According to my lawyer, he said for us to get a co-sponsor (my fiance's cousin graciously volunteered, God love him).

It's iffy since you do now make above the poverty line, but they are requesting the past three years income returns. It definitely couldnt' hurt to get a co-sponsor. Feel free to email me if you want info on our lawyer. He went through the exact same thing you are (he and his wife went through K-1 and were new grads) and is fantastic.

take care, j.

3/20/2006 - Sent in I-129F to TSC

03/27/2006 - NOA1 (from CSC)04/01/2006 - Touched

7/11/2006 - Received, filled out and overnighted RFE back to the CSC

8/17/2006 - NOA2 APPROVED!!!!!!!

8/21/2006 - Received NOA2 via snail mail

9/22/2006 - Found out U.S Consulate in Sydney mailed Packet 3 to my lawyer..IN VIRGINIA..and not my fiance. Argh. Lawyer overnighted information to me.

9/25/2006 - Received packet...got together additional forms to send to fiance in Australia

10/12/2006 - Send packet Express to Australia

10/19/2006 - Package finally arrives at Fiance's door. Argh It's taking forever!

11/29/2006 - K-1 Visa Approved!!!

12/17/2006 - He arrived in the states! I'm in shock!

2/24/2007 - Our Wedding Day!

4/14/2007 - Mailed forms for AOS and EAD

5/24/2007 - Biometrics Interview in New Orleans

6/22/2007 - AOS Approved!!


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I'm also in a similar situation. I took a position overseas, but have secured my father as a co-sponsor just to have in case it is needed. It definitely cannot hurt your case.

Best of luck to you both!


K1 Timeline

12/27/2005...I-129F Sent (Nebraska Service Center)

07/19/2006...Visa Approved

AOS Timeline

01/23/2007...AOS Sent

03/08/2007...AOS Approved

Removing Conditions

01/12/2009...I-751 Sent

06/10/2009...I-751 Approved


03/27/2010...N-400 Sent


12/09/2011...Oath Ceremony

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