Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
sptruck

Any I-864 advice for the self-employed?

11 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

I've been self-employed since moving back to the United States in January 2005. My wife (a Canadian citizen) and I are preparing for our AOS interview on June 6. Any advice for proof of meeting I-864 requirements as a self-employed person? I've read the checklist, I have tax returns and 1099s, as well as investment accounts and home equity that should satisfy what they're looking for. Should I be ready to show cash flow statements? Or other records that show a solid financial footing as a self-employed person? Most of the I-864 stuff I see is geared toward employees with a steady paycheck.

We've been married almost 11 years, so proof of relationship shouldn't be an issue. We're interviewing in Seattle.


TIMELINE

* K3 through Montreal *

03-17-2004: I-130 NOA1

04-09-2004: I-129F NOA1 (K3)

09-27-2004: Sold the house

10-14-2004: I-130 transferred from Neb. to Calif.

10-14-2004: I-129F NOA2

11-03-2004: Receive Packet 3

11-05-2004: Returned DS230 and checklist

11-08-2004: DS230 and checklist received in Montreal

11-18-2004: Receive Packet 4 - interview scheduled for 12-13-2004

12-13-2004: K3 received in Montreal

12-30-2004: Enter the States at Port Huron, Mich., on the way to Seattle

* AOS through Seattle *

02-06-2006: AOS, EAD package arrives in Chicago

02-11-2006: EAD NOA1

02-13-2006: AOS NOA1

04-05-2006: Biometrics appointment in Seattle

05-03-2006: EAD approval notice (by email)

05-06-2006: Receive interview notice

05-08-2006: EAD arrives by mail

06-06-2006: Interview and approval

06-19-2006: Green card arrives by mail

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My husband is self-employed also, so whenever he files taxes they have that part specially for self-employed people. But his income is not enough, so we have a co-sponsor. For the AOS, I sent his whole tax papers (2005, 2004, 2003) since he doesn't have neither W2's nor Employment letter.

Do you have the necessary income??? Plus, I was wondering, don't you need a co-sponsor since you just have the 2005 tax papers and they ask for 3 years????


OUR JOURNEY

2005

5/6 - I-129F Package sent to Texas Service Center

6/7 - 1st NOA received

6/27 - 2nd NOA received

8/8 - Our process was completed and forwarded to the US Embassy in Rio de Janeiro

9/14 - Received packet 3 (instruction packet)

9/23 - Sent the Packet 3 back to the US Embassy

10/3 - Got my interview date!!!

11/7 - Interview date. I wasn't approved, needed a co-sponsor

11/24 - Sent co-sponsor's I-134 to the US Consulate

11/25 - Visa Approved

2006

12/13- Arrived in the US. POE: Atlanta

2/11- Our wedding!

AOS

04/24- I-485/EAD sent to Chicago

05/05- both NOA1

05/30- Biometrics in SC

06/01- AOS/EAD "touched"

06/03- RFE sent to me

06/09- Received RFE letter - Mailed back overnight

07/03- EAD "touched"

07/07- EAD approved/mailed

07/10- EAD card received

09/13- Interview

09/29- Rec'd Green Card

2008

I-751

06/23 - Packet sent to VSC

06/30 - NOA

07/24 - Bio. appoint. letter recv'd

07/28 - Request for reescheduling sent

08/22 - New Bio appoint. letter recv'd

08/25 - Bio done in SC

08/26 - Touched

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Plus, I was wondering, don't you need a co-sponsor since you just have the 2005 tax papers and they ask for 3 years????

You no longer need three years' worth of tax forms. The 2005 form will suffice. On the actual I-864 form it still says that you need three years' worth, but it is noted in the special instructions on the USCIS website that one year is enough. http://www.uscis.gov/graphics/formsfee/forms/i-864.htm


4.21.06 - Married!

5.2.06 - Mailed AOS and EAD to Chicago

5.4.06 - Application arrives in lockbox

5.9.06 - NOA 1 for AOS and EAD

5.11.06 - NOA 1 rec'd!

5.17.06 - Touched (AOS, EAD)

5.19.06 - Touched (AOS, EAD)

5.20.06 - Biometrics notice for AOS and EAD

5.30.06 - Biometrics!

6.1.06 - Touched (AOS)

6.3.06 - Touched (AOS, EAD)

6.26.06 - Interview notice!!! (Aug. 9 at 10 a.m.)

7.6.06 - Touched (EAD)

7.8.06 - Touched (EAD)

7.10.06 - Touched (EAD)

7.11.06 - EAD approval notice!!!

7.15.06 - EAD card rec'd!

8.9.06 - Interview - APPROVED!!!

sawavingflag.gifuswavingflag.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Plus, I was wondering, don't you need a co-sponsor since you just have the 2005 tax papers and they ask for 3 years????

You no longer need three years' worth of tax forms. The 2005 form will suffice. On the actual I-864 form it still says that you need three years' worth, but it is noted in the special instructions on the USCIS website that one year is enough. http://www.uscis.gov/graphics/formsfee/forms/i-864.htm

I have enough income. And I filed U.S. income taxes while I was living outside the country (as you're required), so no problems there. However, I'm interested in any questions they've asked of self-employed people.

SP


TIMELINE

* K3 through Montreal *

03-17-2004: I-130 NOA1

04-09-2004: I-129F NOA1 (K3)

09-27-2004: Sold the house

10-14-2004: I-130 transferred from Neb. to Calif.

10-14-2004: I-129F NOA2

11-03-2004: Receive Packet 3

11-05-2004: Returned DS230 and checklist

11-08-2004: DS230 and checklist received in Montreal

11-18-2004: Receive Packet 4 - interview scheduled for 12-13-2004

12-13-2004: K3 received in Montreal

12-30-2004: Enter the States at Port Huron, Mich., on the way to Seattle

* AOS through Seattle *

02-06-2006: AOS, EAD package arrives in Chicago

02-11-2006: EAD NOA1

02-13-2006: AOS NOA1

04-05-2006: Biometrics appointment in Seattle

05-03-2006: EAD approval notice (by email)

05-06-2006: Receive interview notice

05-08-2006: EAD arrives by mail

06-06-2006: Interview and approval

06-19-2006: Green card arrives by mail

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Plus, I was wondering, don't you need a co-sponsor since you just have the 2005 tax papers and they ask for 3 years????

You no longer need three years' worth of tax forms. The 2005 form will suffice. On the actual I-864 form it still says that you need three years' worth, but it is noted in the special instructions on the USCIS website that one year is enough. http://www.uscis.gov/graphics/formsfee/forms/i-864.htm

I have enough income. And I filed U.S. income taxes while I was living outside the country (as you're required), so no problems there. However, I'm interested in any questions they've asked of self-employed people.

SP

Hmm... I wonder how it is gonna be for me because I am a non-US citizen and I'm self-employed...


October 30, 2005 - Married in Vegas

December 27, 2005 - EAD, AP, AOS mailed

January 4, 2006 - received in Chicago

January 27, 2006 - RFE for medical received

February 13, 2006 - Medical received

February 15, 2006 - Biometrics appointment at 10 am

March 1, 2006 - AP touched

March 4, 2006 - AP received

March 8, 2006 - EAD received

March 29, 2006 - interview notice received - May 31, 2006

May 31, 2006 - Successful interview!!! Approved

June 12, 2006 - Green card received

Feb 28, 2008 - will be sending removal of conditions docs.

"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on" - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They are asking only for the last tax forms? Great! I'm sorry about that, then... I didn't know it had changed!


OUR JOURNEY

2005

5/6 - I-129F Package sent to Texas Service Center

6/7 - 1st NOA received

6/27 - 2nd NOA received

8/8 - Our process was completed and forwarded to the US Embassy in Rio de Janeiro

9/14 - Received packet 3 (instruction packet)

9/23 - Sent the Packet 3 back to the US Embassy

10/3 - Got my interview date!!!

11/7 - Interview date. I wasn't approved, needed a co-sponsor

11/24 - Sent co-sponsor's I-134 to the US Consulate

11/25 - Visa Approved

2006

12/13- Arrived in the US. POE: Atlanta

2/11- Our wedding!

AOS

04/24- I-485/EAD sent to Chicago

05/05- both NOA1

05/30- Biometrics in SC

06/01- AOS/EAD "touched"

06/03- RFE sent to me

06/09- Received RFE letter - Mailed back overnight

07/03- EAD "touched"

07/07- EAD approved/mailed

07/10- EAD card received

09/13- Interview

09/29- Rec'd Green Card

2008

I-751

06/23 - Packet sent to VSC

06/30 - NOA

07/24 - Bio. appoint. letter recv'd

07/28 - Request for reescheduling sent

08/22 - New Bio appoint. letter recv'd

08/25 - Bio done in SC

08/26 - Touched

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Plus, I was wondering, don't you need a co-sponsor since you just have the 2005 tax papers and they ask for 3 years????

You no longer need three years' worth of tax forms. The 2005 form will suffice. On the actual I-864 form it still says that you need three years' worth, but it is noted in the special instructions on the USCIS website that one year is enough. http://www.uscis.gov/graphics/formsfee/forms/i-864.htm

I have enough income. And I filed U.S. income taxes while I was living outside the country (as you're required), so no problems there. However, I'm interested in any questions they've asked of self-employed people.

SP

Hmm... I wonder how it is gonna be for me because I am a non-US citizen and I'm self-employed...

Looks like I have a week to adjust to whatever they throw at you, WalCruz! Keep me posted.


TIMELINE

* K3 through Montreal *

03-17-2004: I-130 NOA1

04-09-2004: I-129F NOA1 (K3)

09-27-2004: Sold the house

10-14-2004: I-130 transferred from Neb. to Calif.

10-14-2004: I-129F NOA2

11-03-2004: Receive Packet 3

11-05-2004: Returned DS230 and checklist

11-08-2004: DS230 and checklist received in Montreal

11-18-2004: Receive Packet 4 - interview scheduled for 12-13-2004

12-13-2004: K3 received in Montreal

12-30-2004: Enter the States at Port Huron, Mich., on the way to Seattle

* AOS through Seattle *

02-06-2006: AOS, EAD package arrives in Chicago

02-11-2006: EAD NOA1

02-13-2006: AOS NOA1

04-05-2006: Biometrics appointment in Seattle

05-03-2006: EAD approval notice (by email)

05-06-2006: Receive interview notice

05-08-2006: EAD arrives by mail

06-06-2006: Interview and approval

06-19-2006: Green card arrives by mail

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No problem!!! I'll let you know.....


OUR JOURNEY

2005

5/6 - I-129F Package sent to Texas Service Center

6/7 - 1st NOA received

6/27 - 2nd NOA received

8/8 - Our process was completed and forwarded to the US Embassy in Rio de Janeiro

9/14 - Received packet 3 (instruction packet)

9/23 - Sent the Packet 3 back to the US Embassy

10/3 - Got my interview date!!!

11/7 - Interview date. I wasn't approved, needed a co-sponsor

11/24 - Sent co-sponsor's I-134 to the US Consulate

11/25 - Visa Approved

2006

12/13- Arrived in the US. POE: Atlanta

2/11- Our wedding!

AOS

04/24- I-485/EAD sent to Chicago

05/05- both NOA1

05/30- Biometrics in SC

06/01- AOS/EAD "touched"

06/03- RFE sent to me

06/09- Received RFE letter - Mailed back overnight

07/03- EAD "touched"

07/07- EAD approved/mailed

07/10- EAD card received

09/13- Interview

09/29- Rec'd Green Card

2008

I-751

06/23 - Packet sent to VSC

06/30 - NOA

07/24 - Bio. appoint. letter recv'd

07/28 - Request for reescheduling sent

08/22 - New Bio appoint. letter recv'd

08/25 - Bio done in SC

08/26 - Touched

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
No problem!!! I'll let you know.....

Id like to know too as I will must probably be doing exactly the same in Seattle when I get back there and either AOS from K3 or more likely await for pending CR-1 interview. and i run a business in the UK and will be restarting it based in WA.

In the mean-time best of luck to you both.

John

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you so much, John! I'll let you know too!

Good luck to you too!


OUR JOURNEY

2005

5/6 - I-129F Package sent to Texas Service Center

6/7 - 1st NOA received

6/27 - 2nd NOA received

8/8 - Our process was completed and forwarded to the US Embassy in Rio de Janeiro

9/14 - Received packet 3 (instruction packet)

9/23 - Sent the Packet 3 back to the US Embassy

10/3 - Got my interview date!!!

11/7 - Interview date. I wasn't approved, needed a co-sponsor

11/24 - Sent co-sponsor's I-134 to the US Consulate

11/25 - Visa Approved

2006

12/13- Arrived in the US. POE: Atlanta

2/11- Our wedding!

AOS

04/24- I-485/EAD sent to Chicago

05/05- both NOA1

05/30- Biometrics in SC

06/01- AOS/EAD "touched"

06/03- RFE sent to me

06/09- Received RFE letter - Mailed back overnight

07/03- EAD "touched"

07/07- EAD approved/mailed

07/10- EAD card received

09/13- Interview

09/29- Rec'd Green Card

2008

I-751

06/23 - Packet sent to VSC

06/30 - NOA

07/24 - Bio. appoint. letter recv'd

07/28 - Request for reescheduling sent

08/22 - New Bio appoint. letter recv'd

08/25 - Bio done in SC

08/26 - Touched

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Self employed SPONSORS (if you are the beneficiary, your income is not necessarily factored in) should include their entire return, including schedule C.

Document your income carefully by other means if you have them---whatever you can do to show that you have a legitimate, income producing enterprise.

I've not heard of someone using cash flow docs, but if yours are good, it surely can't hurt ;)

I haven't had any problems with mine, but we were also past the I-864 when I started this business. Previous returns were more standard.

Instead of focusing on a document checklist, keep in mind the purpose of the I-864 and act accordingly. There are some I-864 FAQs posted in the DCF Guide here at VJ.


Now That You Are A Permanent Resident

How Do I Remove The Conditions On Permanent Residence Based On Marriage?

Welcome to the United States: A Guide For New Immigrants

Yes, even this last one.. stuff in there that not even your USC knows.....

Here are more links that I love:

Arriving in America, The POE Drill

Dual Citizenship FAQ

Other Fora I Post To:

alt.visa.us.marriage-based http://britishexpats.com/ and www.***removed***.com

censored link = *family based immigration* website

Inertia. Is that the Greek god of 'can't be bothered'?

Met, married, immigrated, naturalized.

I-130 filed Aug02

USC Jul06

No Deje Piedras Sobre El Pavimento!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 
Didn't find the answer you were looking for? Ask our VJ Immigration Lawyers.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
- Back to Top -


Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.
×
×
  • Create New...