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For the past 5 years I was a student, filed as a dependent of my parents. I now graduated and make $75,000.

-The prior 2 years tax returns will show low levels of income below the poverty line, since I was a full time student.

-The most recent tax return shows that I have roughly $50,000 since I started the job partially through the year.

-I can easily provide pay stubs and proof of employment of my full yearly salary.

Will I run into any issues when I file in regards to the tax returns/past earnings since 2 of the 3 years show low levels of income. Even though now I make much more than the poverty level. Do I need a sponsor?

Thanks for your insight.


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With your latest tax return showing 50k of income, your recents paystubs and showing current income with expected income of 75k for the current year, and the employment letter showing your current annual salary of 75k, you would not run into any issues.


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what about the prior returns? Would that effect the standing at all? Would it be better to have a sponsor even though I make 75k annually? It seems like I have to account for the prior year's income. Thanks for all the help, since I am new to this whole process.

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