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I am an US citizen married to a German. I want to apply for a green card for my husband and we are making all this process thru DCF in Frankfurt. Unfortunately I have not enough income to fill alone the I-184 so I need a joint sponsor. I have a friend in the United States who is willing to be our sponsor. The situation is that he can not provide copy of a tax return or a IRS transcript because he works for an organization of the church and in the state where he lives (specifically a US Territory), he is exempt from making tax returns. He says this is because a law, I do not know if this law is only in this state or in every state of the nation.

My question is, what can we do in this situation? He can provide the documents but not the tax return. He says he had several times to provide evidence of this exemption to the local IRS. (I guess in the state where he lives)

It would be possible to use this same documentation in the form I-864 to explain why he can not provide a tax return?
What else can be done so that he can be our joint sponsor?

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A territory is not a state. Where is this person living? He may be exempt from paying tax, but it sounds odd that there is no filing.

My suggestion is to find another sponsor rather than deal with whatever "complications" this person presents? Remember that the goal here is to obtain the visa, not educate consular officers about obscure tax rulings.

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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

CALL THIS NUMBER TO ORDER IRS TAX TRANSCRIPTS >> 800-908-9946

PLEASE READ THE GUIDES -->> Link to Visa Journey Guides

MULTI ENTRY SPOUSE VISA TO VN -->>Link to Visa Exemption for Vietnamese Residents Overseas & Their Spouses

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A territory is not a state. Where is this person living? He may be exempt from paying tax, but it sounds odd that there is no filing.

My suggestion is to find another sponsor rather than deal with whatever "complications" this person presents? Remember that the goal here is to obtain the visa, not educate consular officers about obscure tax rulings.

He is living in Puerto Rico. Residents of Puerto Rico are US citizen but are not required to make the federal tax return, only the local tax return. And there seems to be a law where he is exempt from making a tax return in PR.

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If he can provide evidence of that law, he should send that in, and a SHORT cover letter explaining why there are no tax returns.


Bye: Penguin

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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A territory is not a state. Where is this person living? He may be exempt from paying tax, but it sounds odd that there is no filing.

My suggestion is to find another sponsor rather than deal with whatever "complications" this person presents? Remember that the goal here is to obtain the visa, not educate consular officers about obscure tax rulings.

If I look for another sponsor, this person may be a resident of PR or must live in any of the 50 states?

If he can provide evidence of that law, he should send that in, and a SHORT cover letter explaining why there are no tax returns.

That was exactly what I first thought when he wrote me about the tax return.

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The church job is not the filing issue. Submit the local tax returns along with the explanation just to call attention to the sponsor's PR residency. That should be all that is needed.


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

CALL THIS NUMBER TO ORDER IRS TAX TRANSCRIPTS >> 800-908-9946

PLEASE READ THE GUIDES -->> Link to Visa Journey Guides

MULTI ENTRY SPOUSE VISA TO VN -->>Link to Visa Exemption for Vietnamese Residents Overseas & Their Spouses

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