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On a related note, I'm in a similar situation, where I'm planning to have my dad be a co-sponsor since I'm living abroad and am currently jobless.

From this thread, it seems that I can't have only my dad sponsor, since he and my mom file joint tax returns, and live together, obviously.

So, just to be sure, do I have to have both of them co-sponsor (and fill out an I864-A for my mom), or can I have just my dad do it, and file transcripts for their joint tax returns? The problem with those is that they don't state an individual's income, just the couple's as one number.

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***Post split into separate topic as poster is asking about their own circumstances and not replying to the OP of the other thread***

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To get the semantics out of the way first, your dad will be a joint sponsor, not co-sponsor.

It is possible to use your dad's income alone. You would need to file the actual tax return forms and accompanying schedules (not transcripts) and only submit his W2 forms.


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You don't need the full tax returns to show your dad's share of the income. In my situations, the joint sponsors I have used are married and I only submitted the tax transcripts, not the full returns. With the employment letter or pay stubs, plus w2 if available, is sufficient in order to not need the I-864A for the spouse.

Now, since your dad has to include mom as part of his household anyway, it would just be better for her to do the I-864A that way you can use the totality of their income, since more income is always better. The I-864A is pretty simple to fill out and since they file jointly, only one set of tax transcripts.


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