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I-864 using the beneficiary's savings

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Hi, I have question: if the petitioner filing the I-864 includes the beneficiary's savings to exceed the 125% poverty guideline, must these savings deposited in a US bank to be considered? Or Any bank in the beneficiary's country are considered?

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I have asked this question on here as well as to several people at NVC and to the US embassy in Stockholm, which will handle my interview. Unfortunately, I've gotten different answers, even from people at NVC, so I think it comes down to "trial and error". If you have a joint sponsor lined up, I would use that. My husband and I were gonna use the assets we have in my name in Sweden but also send in a joint sponsor, to make sure we didn't get a checklist. Unfortunately, we had issues with our joint sponsor, so now we are going with just assets in Sweden, except for a couple of thousand in the US.

I can see from your timeline that you've had an incredibly fast process, less than 100 days from NOA1 till you got your interview date so maybe then just give it a go with your assets. At the interview, if the embassy says you need a joint sponsor, that's only gonna prolong your process with maybe a month so.... Good luck! I can let you know what NVC says about our assets in about a month.


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


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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


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Thanks for reply :-)

The process was fast because we are DCF. So everything is handled in the beneficiary's country (Italy in my case) by the US consulate.

We have a joint sponsor but the situation is very complicated so I am afraid I could have issues with that. So I would like to know if my savings deposited in Italy are an alternative option.

I have asked this question on here as well as to several people at NVC and to the US embassy in Stockholm, which will handle my interview. Unfortunately, I've gotten different answers, even from people at NVC, so I think it comes down to "trial and error". If you have a joint sponsor lined up, I would use that. My husband and I were gonna use the assets we have in my name in Sweden but also send in a joint sponsor, to make sure we didn't get a checklist. Unfortunately, we had issues with our joint sponsor, so now we are going with just assets in Sweden, except for a couple of thousand in the US.

I can see from your timeline that you've had an incredibly fast process, less than 100 days from NOA1 till you got your interview date so maybe then just give it a go with your assets. At the interview, if the embassy says you need a joint sponsor, that's only gonna prolong your process with maybe a month so.... Good luck! I can let you know what NVC says about our assets in about a month.

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We have a joint sponsor but the situation is very complicated so I am afraid I could have issues with that. So I would like to know if my savings deposited in Italy are an alternative option.

Since the issue of assets, and particularly assets in the beneficiary's country, is very embassy specific, you should probably post in the Europe specific forum and hopefully someone who's gone through the Italian embassy with assets in Italy can help. Some embassies will allow them, others won't. I have spoken to the Swedish embassy, who said they will accept assets but I believe it when I have them approved. :)

By the way, just making sure that you know that any assets you use must be three times the poverty guideline?!


Met online October 2010


Engaged December 31st 2011


heart.gifMarried May 14th 2013 heart.gif



USCIS Stage


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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