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I-864 2012 Tax Question

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Hello all,

My wife (Canadian) and I (American) have been living abroad for the past 8 years and recently sent in our I-130 since I accepted a job in the states . For the I-864 do I have to have file for 2012 to qualify?

On the advice of my accountant, I applied for an extension for the 2012 tax year until Oct 30, 2013. I did file US taxes for 2009 -2011 so I have three years and with my salary the poverty line is no concern. I do have all my recent pay check stubs and T-4's (Canada's W-2). Also, I did file for 2012 in Canada but I don't think matters.


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One of the requirement of the I-864 is US tax returns for the past three years or a statement as to why you were not required to file. If you made more than $9000ish in 2012, you are required to have a 2012 tax return to meet the tax return requirement of the I-864. (The US only cares about you meeting your US tax obligations. Your Canadian tax return does not matter.)

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From what i've heard...its' acceptable to file a 2012 extension - as long as you provide the extension form while submitting 1-864

Someone please correct me if i'm wrong!!?!?!

USCIS (142 days)
2013-01-25 - Sent I-130 to chicago lockbox
2013-01-28 - NOA1 (case at MSC)
2013-06-21 - NOA2

NVC (____ days)
2013-07-08 - NVC received case

2013-07-11 - IIN assigned
2013-07-17 - DS3032 email sent
2013-07-19 - AOS bill invoiced and paid

2013-07-23 - AOS packet sent
2013-07-28 - DS3032 accepted
2013-08-04 - IV bill invoiced and paid
2013-08-07 - IV packet sent (from India)
2013-09-10 - Case complete

2013-10-01 - Interview scheduled

2013-XX-XX - Medical

2013-11-15 - Interview
2013-XX-XX - Visa in hand
2013-XX-XX - POE (Houston, TX)

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