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I-864 requirements for Spouse/Joint-Sponsors

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Hello everyone, it has been many years since I have actually had to use Visa Journey for a bonafide question about the immigration process.

Currently, my wife is about two weeks away from her interview to become a citizen. Considering all goes well, she intends to immediately submit an immigrant visa application for both her parents. Since her income (or my income for that matter) would not meet the financial requirements alone, we will be requiring a joint-sponsor.

So these are my questions:

-Should my wife (the petItioner) fill out form I-864?

-Should I (the spouse of the petitioner) fill out for I-864a since we have filed all of our tax returns as "married filed jointly"? Additionally note that my wife has no income for the past three years, as she is a full time student.

-Should our joint-sponsor as well has his spouse fill out two forms I-864a as both of their incomes were filed as "married filed jointly"?

Assuming the answer to all of those questions is yes, this would be my understanding of what is required:

-Form I-864 from the petitioner for her mother

-Form I-864 from the petitioner for her father

-Form I-864a from the petitioner's spouse for her mother

-Form I-864a from the petitioner's spouse for her father

-Form I-864a from the joint-sponsor for the petitioner's mother

-Form I-864a from the joint-sponsor for the petitioner's father

-Form I-864a from the joint-sponsor's spouse for the petitioner's mother

-Form I-864a from the joint-sponsor's spouse for the petitioner's father

I don't know why, but it just seems like over kill. Though I am just very weary about this process because when I originally filed for an immigrant visa for my wife back in 2011, I filed a form I-864 for for her as the sponsor and my father filed form I-864a for her as the joint-sponsor. After her interview, her case would put into AP because they required form I-864a from the joint-sponsor's spouse, as the joint-sponsor filed his taxes as "married-filing jointly".

Any input and advice would be greatly appreciated!

Marriage : 2010-03-15

Consulate : Jerusalem


Service Center : California Service Center

I-130 Sent : 2010-04-27

I-130 NOA1 : 2010-05-04

I-130 "Touch": 2010-10-01

I-130 Approved : 2010-10-02


NVC: receives case: 2010-10-07

NVC: assigns case #: 2010-10-14

NVC: confirms COA as lawyer: 2010-10-15

NVC: gets my e-mail addresses: 2010-10-15

NVC: provides me with IIN# and generates IV and AOS bills: 2010-10-25

NVC: paid IV and AOS bills (in process): 2010-20-26

NVC: IV and AOS bills showed as PAID. Printed barcode cover sheets: 2010-10-27

NVC: snail mailed IV and AOS packages: 2010-10-28

NVC: entered IV and AOS packages into system: 2010-11-16

NVC: RFE, co-sponsor proof of citizenship: 2010-11-24 (even though I sent it with the IV pkg)

NVC: overnighted co-sponsor's proof of citizenship: 2010-11-24

NVC: received RFE response: 2010-11-26

NVC: entered RFE response: 2010-12-07

NVC: sign-in failed: 2010-12-15

NVC: case completed: 2010-12-17


Consulate: Interview: 2011-02-23 7:45am (scheduled on 2011-01-03)

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You are absolutely correct. Go ahead as you said. Best of luck.

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