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Before I file for a CR1 visa for my Canadian husband, I am trying to make sure that I will meet the income requirements. (Otherwise, we might go the other way and I'll go to Canada).

I understand 125% of poverty income is about $19,000 per year, including assets. I am a student and work part time and do not quite meet this requirement as I've been living off savings. I will be graduating at the end of February (just as savings run out) and currently have a few prospective employers. My last 3 years of tax returns will show the same. We are confident that my husband will be able to support himself right away though and I will be working by the time he gets here.

How long will I need to work before I can prove my income is high enough? What do they use to verify income? Are current paystubs/letter from employer enough? (in which case I will just wait until I am working to file).

Any help is much appreciated!! Thank you.

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I don't know how long you have to have proof for. Your current income will need to be proven to be enough to support the two of you. This is done with recent pay stubs and letters of employment. Each case is assessed individually though so it will be up to the person adjudicating your case to decide whether or not you have enough. Do you have anyone willing to co-sponsor? Even if you don't do that initially it would be good to have someone on standby to do that in case your AOS is rejected.

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If I were in your situation I wouldn't wait to file and I would get a co-sponsor. The financial support won't come into question until halfway through the process so you'll have time to establish employment. I'd get the co-sponsor just in case the Consular Officer doesn't think you've been working long enough and rejects your affidavit of support.

They use a letter from your employer as well as pay stubs and sometimes they request bank statement to see the direct deposit of salary, but that's not a requirement, the first two are.

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12.19.12: NOA1 - E-mail, MSC number
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01.25.13: NOA2
01.30.13: Email from USCIS - Post Decision Activity - Case sent to NVC
NVC - 28 Days
02.05.13: NVC Received
02.22.13: Case/IIN Received

AOS Track
02.26.13: AOS bill invoiced
02.27.13: Pay AOS bill
03.06.13: AOS bill shows PAID
03.07.13: AOS package sent

IV Track
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03.03.13: DS-3032 re-sent for Supervisor Review
03.04.13: DS-3032 accepted
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03.05.13: IV bill invoiced
03.06.13: Pay IV bill
03.07.13: IV bill shows PAID
03.07.13: IV package sent

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03.22.13: Case complete
03.29.13: Interview scheduled - Email
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