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Do we need to file I-864A: Contract between sponsor and household?

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Finland
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Hey guys,

My husband lived abroad for the last 3 years, until moving back to the US this spring. So he didn't have enough US income to sponsor me on his own for the Affidavit of Support (I-864). Therefore, we are using his brother as the joint sponsor. The question is, do we need to file a contract between household members between my husband (primary sponsor) and his brother (joint sponsor)?

My husband's brother (my bro-in-law) (the joint sponsor) filed taxes jointly with his wife. Does that mean He and his wife need to file the i-864a, contract between sponsor and household member? I've read on some places that they should, but on the instructions page for the i-864 it states "Form I-864A may only be used when a sponsor's income and assets do not meet the income requirements of Form I-864 and the qualifying household member chooses to combine his or her resources with the income and/or assets of a sponsor to meet the requirements. " states My bro-in-law, the joint sponsor's income DOES meet the income requirements..

My husband (primary sponsor) and his brother (joint sponsor) both did file i-864. Now I just need to figure our who should file i-864a?

Thanks for your help! This is a great community!

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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Here is who files what:

  • Your husband: I-864
  • Your brother in-law (joint sponsor): I-864
  • Your brother in-law's wife (household member of joint sponsor): I-864A

Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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