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Can graduate school funding satisfy for K-1 sponsorship?

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Hello! I am filing a Fiancee visa for my boyfriend from the Netherlands this month. We are hoping for him to be moving to the US this fall, at which point I will be beginning a PhD program with guaranteed full funding for 5 years- I'm not sure how much yet but more than the poverty line for our family of 2. My question is: will this qualify to be his financial sponsor or will I need to find a co-sponsor? I know they usually require things like pay stubs etc, but I won't have those until I begin graduate school in September 2011, so the best I will have is a guarantee from the school and a funding offer. I can probably get a letter from the department explaining my funding package, but since it won't have come through by the time he has his meeting at the consulate I'm worried. Does anyone have experience with this? Thanks!

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Will it be claimed as income on your tax returns? Affidavits of Support use income from your tax returns.

A "stipend" might be able to be used but not tuition grants, etc. Otherwise income that will show on a tax return is the key.


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Thanks for the responses! Because I won't start receiving it until September 2011 it wont be on any tax return I can use in the process (we are hoping he will have his Visa by next tax day!) but will it matter how I WILL claim it? I am expecting tuition reimbursement as well as a stipend, so I think the stipend is claimed as income because it is intended to support me (rent etc)... but in absence of past tax returns and pay stubs do you think they will take my documents from the grad school guaranteeing support as proof of income? It is essentially like a work contract set to begin right before he would be entering the US (about 9 months after we send in the I-129F). I suppose it would just be easier to find a co-sponsor at this point...

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