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Married USC filing joint taxes - recently moved back to US

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Hello everyone,

  • My Chilean husband and I were married in January 2014.
  • I filed my 2013 taxes as single.
  • We moved to the US in February 2015 (CR-1)
  • All our accounts are joint in Chile and in the US.
  • I was under the foreign income cap (sadly) so I never had to pay taxes, only file.

When we file jointly for 2014, do we need to include my husband's foreign earned income as well as my foreign earned income?

Is it better to file married filing jointly or married filing separately? (We didn't make very much money last year)

Any advice would be great! Thanks in advance.



19 Jan 2014 Married


11 Apr 2014 I-130 Sent

17 Apr 2014 NOA1

02 May 2014 NOA2


21 May 2014 NVC Received

06 June 2014 Case Number, INI, and BIN generated

06 June 2014 AOS bill / DS-261 generated

03 July 2014 Paid AOS bill

03 July 2014 DS-261 completed and sent electronically

07 Aug 2014 AOS package sent

12 Aug 2014 AOS Package received by NVC (scan)

20 Aug 2014 DS-261 accepted

20 Aug 2014 IV invoice generated

20 Aug 2014 IV invoice paid/printed cover sheet

21 Aug 2014 DS-260 completed and sent electronically

22 Aug 2014 IV package of supporting documents sent

27 Aug 2014 IV package received by NVC (scan)

07 Sep 2014 Realize error on AOS (AGI vs. Total Income)

09 Sep 2014 AOS I-864s (joint sponsors) resubmitted

11 Sep 2014 AOS Re-submit received by NVC (scan)

16 Sep 2014 60-day notice received (note: this is the first 60-day notice I have ever received)

20 Oct 2014 CASE COMPLETE! (AOS and IV)


08 Dec 2014 Medical Appointment

22 Dec 2014 Interview and APPROVAL!

27 Dec 2014 Receive passport and paperwork from the embassy

POE/Post Entry

23 Feb 2015 POE at Houston - No problems on entry

01 Mar 2015 Received SSN via USPS

02 Apr 2015 Received physical green card


19 Dec 2016 Sent I-751 Packet

26 Dec 2016 NOA1 Received

12 Jan 2017 Biometrics Appointment

14 Feb 2018 Infopass Appointment (LA) for ADIT Stamp

15 May 2018 ROC APPROVED! (I-797 NOA received 5/21/18 - GC in production!)


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