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I am an American citizen living in Japan with my Japanese wife. We applied for a CR-1 visa using the I-130 form and we recently received the welcome letter from NVC. I am honestly confused though about what I should do with the I-864.

Here's the conundrum that I'm struggling with: my current income satisfies the 125% of federal poverty guidelines requirement, and the last 3 years of tax returns prove that too. But I will technicially become unemployed in April of next year when I go back to America (hopefully) with my wife together. I know at some point that I will have to explain that I am planning on going back next year, in order to "re-establish" permanent domicile, so I'm worried that some eyebrows will be raised.

My parents are willing to be joint sponsers, but the question is, do I file the affidavit now as is and perhaps explain my circumstances in a letter at the interview stage, i.e. cross that bridge when you come to it, or do I attempt to file for joint sponsership early on, in order to prevent any possible delays? Can I even file for joint sponsership if my current income exceeds the poverty guidelines?

I would appreciate any responses!! Thank you very much in advance.

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If your current income is not being provided from the US, in other words, if you are not employed by a US company, then your current e

income cannot be counted. Therefore, you do need to have your parents sponsor you.

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You will need a joint sponsor (or sponsor on assets), your current income doesn't count as it won't continue after you go back.

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Your circumstances are not out of the ordinary. You submit the I-864 at the appropriate time in the process. If your income at the time will not continue once your spouse enters the US than you will need a joint sponsor. You will still submit an I-864 regardless of income. If needed, have your parents complete an I-864 and I I-864A respectively.

I-864 Affidavit of Support FAQ -->> https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/immigrant-process/documents/support/i-864-frequently-asked-questions.html

FOREIGN INCOME REPORTING & TAX FILING -->> https://www.irs.gov/publications/p54/ch01.html#en_US_2015_publink100047318


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Thank you everyone for your kind responses. I understand what I must do now.

One more question if I may - I will be the primary sponsor for my wife, and my father will be our joint sponsor since my income will not be enough alone.

If my thinking is correct then we need to file only two documents:

I-864 (From me, the primary sponsor)

I-864 (From my father, the joint sponsor.)

Is this correct? Is there a point to the I-864A form? Are we supposed to use that?

Thanks again for any response.

Edited by Bakura

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I-864A is only used if a sponsor or joint sponsor is combining income with a household member. If your father meets the requirements on his own without needing to combine income with anyone else, then the I-864A is a form that will not be needed.

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