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F1 student, married US citizen, Grad students

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hi everyone,

my wife is going to sponsor me to get an adjustment of status. we are both grad students with international scholarships (our sponsors are located overseas)

we're not sure how to fill-in the g325a and i-864 forms, especially the income and employment parts.

do we list current job as "grad student"?

any general tips and hints will be greatly appreciated. all the other forms seemed very straight forward, these two have us a bit confused.

also, what kind of proof do we need to justify not having any tax returns to prove income? my wife's income was from an overseas source for the past 3+ years and she has not qualified or been required to pay taxes, what kind of paperwork will be sufficient to establish this?

these two forms are the only forms left for us to fill, so any tips will be very helpful.


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Does your wife have any other income besides her scholarships? I don't think she can act as a sponsor if that is the only income she has - unless she has some REALLY good scholarships.

If your wife has been exempt form taxes, she probably needs to show the sections in tax law and regulation that state that she is tax exempt. She does need to prove income some how, to show that she is earning the 120% of the poverty line (I think it's around $18,000 per year).

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Having overseas income does not absolve a US Citizen of having to file US taxes. Nor does student status. As stated above, you will need to show why your wife was not required to file taxes (cite tax code etc), and get a co-sponsor.

Yes, your job can be "grad student."

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