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Hi community,

So I'd be filing my AOS package I-130 along with I-485 for I'm currently in OPT in a F1 visa married to a US citizen.

Now I have some questions regarding this form:

1. My wife whois going to be my petitioner does not meet the minimum poverty guidelines income, for she is just a student. This year she had an income of a little more than 2.500, last fiscal year though she perceived 0$ the latter income was just due a research project she carried out but far from the 10.000 $ annually that you'd have to meet to file taxes. Moreover, up until our marriage this year she was claimed by her mother and father as a dependent (she was over 18 though) this was last fiscal year (2013) this year she married me and factually she is no longer their dependent for she don't live with them and I take care of all her domestic expenses.

Now, the question is: The form asks for your annual income, in the last fiscal year 2013 her income was 0$ in 2014 her income like I said was around 2.500$ however not enough to file taxes, what should she put in the form 0$? And in regard to the income in accordance to the form 1040 where you have to list your income per fiscal year, what should she put, just leave it blank? Should she just attach an explanation letter saying she did not file taxes for her income did not meet the requirements, if this is correct does anyone has a model letter for this purpose?

2. We will be using a joint sponsor (my mother in law) according to the IRS 1040 form her income surpasses the poverty guidelines threshold abundantly, she has a younger daughter who is her dependent and my wife since she married me no longer is her dependent although in her last tax filing she was for we were not married yet, so in light of this I take the size of her household would be 3, ( Herself, Younger daughter and me) is this correct?

3. Since we're using a joint sponsor who meets the guidelines is it advisable for my wife to include in her I-864 her and mine bank account balances, or should we just leave this blank and rely on the joint sponsor solely?

4. As for my joint sponsor annual income which is a little less than 50K I am concern about the fact that 60% of it accounted for alimony, do you think this could account for an issue with the application? She has some mutual funds and the like which will count as assets however it would get complicated if I use these for I'm really not very savvy in handling this kind of info, or what to put in the form when it comes to this type of assets.

5. Finally, I tried both downloading the form from the USCIS website and filing it out on my computer as well as filing it out without downloading it in order to get the so called bar code but both times I haven't been successful at it, do you have any idea what could be the issue? Should I just fill the form by hand with blank ink, what if I fill it out in the computer but without the bar code? any suggestions?

As always thanks in advance guys, I really appreciate what you do!

Kind regards

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Germany

1. If she didn't file taxes because she wasn't earning enough to file, thus wasn't required to file, then she should write in each box for 2013, '12 and '11 where it asks for income for that tax year "NOT REQUIRED TO FILE" A written statement (no certain format is necessary) will need to be stapled to her form explaining why she wasn't required to file tax returns. This is what I did and there was no issue.

2. Correct, 3 people.

3. The assets section is what I'm assuming you're talking about...in that case I just wrote in the first available blank "USING JOINT SPONSOR" and left the rest blank.

As to 4 and 5 I'll let others answer those. I know nothing about alimony and I don't know how the barcode isn't showing up for you. I'm assuming for adobe reader is up-to-date?

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