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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Chile
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Hi all,

I know there's a lot questions about the Affidavit of Support here on visa journey. I've been searching information, but was wondering if someone could help answer my question more specifically.

I understand that as the American citizen fiance, I will fill out the I-134 affidavit of support with necessary supporting documents as the primary sponsor. I am asking my stepdad/mom to be a co-sponsor, which means they will fill out the I-134 and sign it together. But how do we document that they are the "co-sponsors"?? Should I include some short letter explaining that they are co-sponsoring, or is it just understood?

Also, can anyone tell me 100% sure if the US Embassy in Santiago, Chile accepts co-sponsors?

Thanks a lot!

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Philippines
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With the K-1, there cannot be more than one sponsor.

Meaning, either you, the Petitioner, meet the minimum guidelines of the I-134 (by income or liquid assets) OR you enlist a Cosponsor to do so.

Later, when you do the Adjustment of Status, the I-864 allows for multiple sponsors -- but not at this stage.

In a nutshell, you'll need to have a single sponsor -- you or someone else -- that, standing alone, can meet the financial requirements. There is no wiggle room with that, and it is not advisable to go into the interview thinking that you can talk to the CO about it and work something out.

Too many folks go in with income well under the requirements -- or think they can try to use multiple sponsors -- and are put into AP or straightaway denied.

Can either of you meet the guidelines by yourself?

As for answering how Santiago handles Cosponsors, I can't say. I'm sure someone will come alone with that.


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Chile
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Thanks so much for your clear response! We could do it one of two ways then, could you tell me what you think would be best??

1. I work in Chile for about 1,000 US dollars a month. And I have a money market account valued around 35,000 US dollars.

2. My Stepdad alone fulfills the requirements of being a sponsor.

So, if we go with the second option, that my stepdad is the cosponsor, do I myself still fill out the affidavit of support and provide documents??

Thanks again!

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Kels, you cannot count foreign income...

Best to have your stepdad handle the I-134.

Note: I do not know for Chile persay; however, some embassies do require the petitioner to fill out an I-134 too, even if the petitioner cannot meet the income levels. Even though you cannot sponsor because you earn foreign income, might be best to have one completed anyway? You don't want any hiccups.

Thanks so much for your clear response! We could do it one of two ways then, could you tell me what you think would be best??

1. I work in Chile for about 1,000 US dollars a month. And I have a money market account valued around 35,000 US dollars.

2. My Stepdad alone fulfills the requirements of being a sponsor.

So, if we go with the second option, that my stepdad is the cosponsor, do I myself still fill out the affidavit of support and provide documents??

Thanks again!


K1 Journey
11/2006...... met for the first time on a night out in London!
11/25/07..... I moved to the UK to be with him :-)
02/27/09..... he proposed!
08/30/10..... sent I-129F
09/02/10..... NOA1
01/27/11..... NOA2 (147 DAYS from NOA1)
03/22/11..... INTERVIEW! (201 DAYS from NOA1) - APPROVED! --> Read the review here!
03/25/11..... visa received!!!
06/09/11..... POE LAX!! --> Read the review here!

AOS Journey
07/22/11.... SSN received
08/27/11.... our wonderful wedding!!
09/23/11.... sent AOS package
09/25/11.... AOS package delivered in Chicago (7:33 p.m.)
10/10/11.... AP rejection letter, refiled 10/17
10/11/11.... NOA1 received via text & email (AOS + EAD only)
10/15/11.... hard copies of NOA1 for AOS + EAD received (dated 10/7)
10/17/11.... refiled AP
10/18/11.... successful biometrics walk-in, Santa Ana, CA (appt for 11/1)
10/20/11.... NOA1 for AP
12/12/11.... call in to USCIS. Told to call back after 12/26.
12/23/11.... I-765 approved

02/1/12...... Interview
02/02/12.... Approved!
02/10/12.... Hubby's GC in hand!

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12/09/13.... sent I-751 to CSC

12/10/13.... package delivered / NOA1

12/12/13.... cheque cashed

01/06/14.... biometrics

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Russia
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With the K-1, there cannot be more than one sponsor.

Meaning, either you, the Petitioner, meet the minimum guidelines of the I-134 (by income or liquid assets) OR you enlist a Cosponsor to do so.

Later, when you do the Adjustment of Status, the I-864 allows for multiple sponsors -- but not at this stage.

In a nutshell, you'll need to have a single sponsor -- you or someone else -- that, standing alone, can meet the financial requirements. There is no wiggle room with that, and it is not advisable to go into the interview thinking that you can talk to the CO about it and work something out.

Too many folks go in with income well under the requirements -- or think they can try to use multiple sponsors -- and are put into AP or straightaway denied.

Can either of you meet the guidelines by yourself?

As for answering how Santiago handles Cosponsors, I can't say. I'm sure someone will come alone with that.

This is true ..... but the Petitioner and the CoSponsor BOTH submite 134 forms and supporting documents. BOTH


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