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Sponsor's low income while single? RFE for tax returns

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My husband (we married in August 2012) got a job that pays about 60K a year including benefits starting in July 2012. He is now sponsoring me for permanent residence in the US.

I visited an immigration advocacy center today because I received a Request for Evidence (initial evidence) that asked for a complete tax return. The person suggested we get a tax transcript, but also said that his lowish income on the 2011 tax returns before he got this job when he was still single might be a problem. We had sent in his current employment letter and pay information initially and there does not seem to be a problem with those documents.

Does anyone know if the current income (post marriage) will be considered to be more important than low income before marriage? I have sufficient assets in my bank account but I'm not supposed to transfer them to him now? Or should I actually name him as joint account holder now? Would that look weird?

Any help greatly appreciated.

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My husband (we married in August 2012) got a job that pays about 60K a year including benefits starting in July 2012. He is now sponsoring me for permanent residence in the US.

I visited an immigration advocacy center today because I received a Request for Evidence (initial evidence) that asked for a complete tax return. The person suggested we get a tax transcript, but also said that his lowish income on the 2011 tax returns before he got this job when he was still single might be a problem. We had sent in his current employment letter and pay information initially and there does not seem to be a problem with those documents.

Does anyone know if the current income (post marriage) will be considered to be more important than low income before marriage? I have sufficient assets in my bank account but I'm not supposed to transfer them to him now? Or should I actually name him as joint account holder now? Would that look weird?

Any help greatly appreciated.

It's a requirement to send the most recent tax return (or a statement of why one was not required to be filed). Since he filed in 2011, he needs to send it whether it says $2 or $200,000. They will consider the current income which you should prove with employer letter and some recent pay slips. I would also suggest a tax transcript over the tax return.

You can also make him joint owner of your account if you like, but the RFE is about not sending one of the required documents that is missing and not because they don't think his income is enough.

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England.gifENGLAND ---

K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted

No RFEs

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