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My wife (US citizen) lives here with me in Australia. We're at the NVC stage of our application for me to immigrate to the US, so we're filling out the i-864.

Question 1: Why can't I make any of the addresses outside the US?

Form Part 2, 2a-2i Principal Immigrant mailing address. That's me and my mailing address is in Australia, yet I am only allowed to enter a US address.

Form Part 4, 2a-2i Sponsor's mailing address. That's my wife and her mailing address is same as mine here in Aus.

form Part 4, 4a-4h Sponsor's physical address. That's also our address in Aus.

None of these will let me put our Australian address. Can anyone explain to me why? The instruction PDF doesn't make this any clearer. Does it mean I'll have to fill out the form by hand?

Question 2: For my wife's country of domicile, do I make that US and list her parents address that we will be living in when we move over? I understand we need to supply evidence of reestablishing domicile, just not sure if we put that address in this section or our current address in Aus?

Question 3: My wife works part time while she looks after our toddler and she is also pregnant. I don't think she will reach the 125% poverty level income based on her current employment. Either way, she will be quitting and need to find a new job when we move to the US anyway, so automatically that means we need a joint sponsor regardless of her current income? If we can get a letter of intent to employ for my wife with an annual income that reaches the required level, would that count for anything?

It seems like for any case where the sponsor is also living abroad that a joint sponsor with a US income would be required?

Edited by sd.anderson


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  • Since this particular version of the form is relatively new, being unable to enter foreign addresses may be one of several glitches that need to be corrected (FWIIW, I couldn't get it to load at all on Chrome and it wouldn't load properly on Firefox)
  • I'll defer to others as to what the proper answer for this is.
  • Since the source of current income will not continue it is irrelevant. Letters of intent to employ don't count for anything.
  • If the 125% threshold cannot be met through income, assets, or a combination of those two, then a joint sponsor who does meet or exceed the threshold will be required.

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