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We are finalizing the last parts of the AOS and are still going back and forth whether to use a joint sponsor or not. My husband has zero income but I have more than enough assets to meet the federal guidelines. His aunt is ready to be a joint sponsor for us but of course it's a lot of work for her to collect all the necessary information etc so if it's not needed, I'd prefer just using my assets and also having the control of sending all the paperwork in. Yes I'm a bit of a control freak. :)

I'd love to hear from others who have used assets, either only assets or part assets part income for their AOS. Is it enough to use just assets or will we automatically get a checklist? If they still want us to use a joint sponsor, can this be added at the embassy stage or they're gonna want us to add it before completing NVC?

All assets are in my name in Sweden but part of it is a wedding present from my parents and obviously, since we're married, all my assets are his assets and vice versa. My husband is now living in Texas, which is one of those "shared" states (can't remember the proper name for it), where all assets and debts are the responsibility of both spouses in a marriage.

Met online October 2010

Engaged December 31st 2011

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September 8th 2014 - Filed I-130 with Nebraska Service Center

September 16th 2014 - NOA1 received

March 2nd 2015 - NOA2 received :dancing:

NVC Stage

March 28th 2015 - Choice of agent complete & AOS fee paid

April 17th 2015 - IV fee paid

May 1st 2015 - Sent in IV application

May 12th 2015 - Sent in AOS and IV documents

May 18th 2015 - Scan Date

June 18th 2015 - Checklist received

June 22nd 2015 - Checklist response sent to NVC

June 25th 2015 - Put for Supervisor Review

Sept 15th 2015 - Request help from Texas US Senator Cornyn and his team

Sept 23rd 2015 - Our case is moved from supervisor review to NVC's team for dealing with Senator requests

Nov 4th 2015 - CASE COMPLETE!!!! :dancing:

Embassy Stage

Dec 16th 2015 - Medical exam

Dec 21st 2015 - Interview

Dec 21st 2015 - 221(g) issued at interview for updated forms

Jan 13th 2016 - Mailed our reply to the 221(g) to the US Embassy, received and CEAC updated the next morning

Jan 20th 2016 - Embassy require more in-depth info on asset for i-864

Feb 1st 2016 - Sent more in-depth info on assets as requested. Received the next morning

Feb 16th 2016 - Visa has been issued :dancing: :dancing: :dancing: :dancing: :dancing:

In the US

April 5th 2016 - POE Newark. No questions asked.

April 14th 2016 - SSN received

May 10th 2016 - First day at my new job :dancing:

May 27th 2016 - Green Card received

June 7th 2016 - Got my Texas driver's license

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We used assets only, it was not a problem. However, prior to interview we transfered most of the assets (enough for the I-864) to the USA; most embassies want assets to be USA based, so they are easier to access should the government need to.

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Me: Irish/ Swiss citizen, and now naturalised US citizen. Husband: USC; twin babies born Feb 08 in Ireland and a daughter in Feb 2010 in Arkansas who are all joint Irish/ USC. Did DCF (IR1) in 6 weeks via the Dublin, Ireland embassy and now living in Arkansas.

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We are using just assets (90% cash on us bank acc, rest is my real estate (I'm intending immigrant) Outcome will be known on 5/12 :)

And I know everything will be ok:)

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N-400 Timeline
04/02/19 N-400 Submitted online
04/22/19 Biometrics
11/05/19 Interview (Approved)

ROC Timeline

Service Center: California

08/11/17 I-751 Packet delivered to USCIS

09/18/17 Biometrics Appointment

08/17/18 2nd extension letter (additional 6 months)

11/02/18 New card is being  produced (Approved)


11-04-2014 NVC case receive

05-20-2015 Visa received

10-06-2015 Time to kick back and let it fly


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