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I-864 Form Help - Petitioning for 3 people

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Hi All,

I'm the U.S. citizen petitioning for my wife and two step children. Originally we submitted 3 different IR-1's, as required. However, I've been told that these petitions ARE "tied" together (And I know that because our Visa interview is scheduled for all of us at the U.S. Embassy)...

"Part 3. Information About the Immigrants You Are Sponsoring" on form I-864 is a bit confusing though. Item 2 has a checkbox next to "I am sponsoring the following family members immigrating at the same time or within six months of the principal immigrant named in Part 2. (Do not include any relative listed on a separate visa petition.)"

The statement in parenthesis makes it sound like I should not list my step children on this form for my wife...

So I'm not sure what to do.

The following I-864 instructions from the USCIS website all make it seem like I SHOULD fill it out:

"The immigrant you are sponsoring may bring a spouse and/or children to the United States. If the spouse and/or children will travel with the immigrant, or within six months of the immigrant’s entry into the United States and you are sponsoring them, you should list the names and other requested information in the spaces provided. If any dependents are not immigrating, will immigrate more than six months after the sponsored immigrant arrives in the United States, or you are not sponsoring them, do not list their names here. A separate Form I-864 is required for them when they apply for their immigrant visas."

So the questions come down to this:

1. Do I fill this section out with my step children (on the I-864 form for my wife)?

2. Do I still fill out an I-864 for each person?

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you don't list them because they aren't derivatives of your wife, you will file an i864 for each one of them

they are 3 separate petitions, not children derivatives of parents petition

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