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Affidavit of Support I-864

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So now that my Husband and I got our NOA1 the other day we are starting to get everything together on the off chance that maybe our I-130 will be approved within the next few months. It says the possible date could be between March 10 - 16! One can only hope it would be that quick! And we want to be prepared so we can fly through the NVC stage! Anyway I have a question regarding that affidavit of support... And I am just curious as to what others on here would do in our situation or what suggestions anyone has...

The Story...

My Husband attended university from Aug 2008 until May 2012. Part of his schooling required him to do a co-op whether he was paid for the co-op was dependant on where he could find one to do and if they would pay him or not. Anyway he applied for this awesome co-op that he didn't think he would get in a million years, but the angels were on our side and he got the co-op. He started the co-op in November of 2011 and worked part-time while finishing up his last few semesters of school and was paid a decent wage. He worked in this co-op after he finished university and graduated up until August of 2012 where he landed himself a permanent full-time position at the same company where he was offered full benefits and a salary of 50K a year plus a possibility of a 5K bonus depending on personal and company accomplishments.

The Question...

So for the I-864 AOS you need to fill in all the tax jazz and have supporting tax transcripts (which we know from reading everything on here). Well seeing as he was in school and only worked for a few months of 2011 and 2011 is the most recent tax year that we can get transcripts for, should we go ahead and get a co-sponsor? Just to be on the safe side... I mean now he makes well above the 2012 (2013 isnt out yet?) poverty line in order to support 2 people, but will that even matter? I mean yes he has pay stubs, and his offer letter of employment from the company, but although those may be helpful they are optional and the tax transcripts seem to be the most important as they are a must... Are they not?

So basically should we go ahead and do the co-sponsor? Or will we be okay even though his tax transcripts don't show a whole lot as of 2011? Is past tax history super important? Or is what he is currently making now more important? What kind of things are they really looking for besides being able to support me? Any thoughts, or suggestions, or what others would do, would be greatly appreciated.


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Look at the poverty guidelines and make the determination. http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=73c63591ec04d010VgnVCM10000048f3d6a1RCRD

If he's not going to have the right funds/assets in place then it would be wise to at least have someone on standby to be a joint sponsor.

If he is indeed now making enough money with the correct proof to show it is true then you're probably going to be just fine :)

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By the time you guys will need to submit the AoS, I would hope you've completed your 2012 taxes and could supply them with 2012 as well?

I think it would be very beneficial to you guys.

I'm hoping to be able to send mine as well especially because I don't know what's going on w/getting the 2009 transcript.

Current income is really the big part of approval/denial, but someone who has only been working 2 months at a 40k salary job could also be denied for 3 previous years of under poverty level.

It's up to the person approving the AoS and if they feel that the income is stable.

I think it is always safe to look for a co sponsor.

Given that I've been at my job for 3 years, and have spent (2) years above poverty plus current, I think that I'm personally safe and won't even bother looking.

But I'll have no one to blame but myself if someone decides to be a jerk and deny it.


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