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I-864: self-employed & living abroad

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I am really confused as to how to do the i864.....I've lived abroad and have not had to file taxes because whatever income I have had hasn't reached the threshold.

My husband has had a business for the last 6 years that has provided all of our household income. Everything is in his name, and he pays taxes in his country. I personally don't have any income although I help him with the business. From what I have read I would have had to file married but filing separately.

My parents will be joint sponsoring. So how the heck do I fill out MY I-864 (I understand I have to fill it out regardless)

Thanks for any insight, I'm so confused!

08/17/2016 Applied in person by appointment I-130 at Guatemala Embassy (DCF)

08/30/2016 Notified by email of APPROVAL of I-130

09/12/2016 Notified by email we can begin DS-260

(We are dragging our feet getting all paperwork done, little by little, because we are not sure when we will actually leave for the US)

01/12/2017 Completed DS-260, had to notify embassy that it was complete

01/17/2017 Notified by email we could schedule Interview at the embassy

03/06/2017 Medical Exam Completed in 1 long day

03/09/2017 Interview completed at Guatemala Embassy, Approved!

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We filled it out and my husband send them a letter explaining why he didn't file US taxes and all was well

Click "spoiler" below for a detailed account of our journey to a CR1 visa via DCF in Athens, Greece.


2011 - Met hubby online and became friends
Early 2013 - Confessed our love for each other * Late 2013 - I got pregnant with our daughter
2014 - Our baby was born in Athens, Greece and completed our family. We now have two boys and a girl!! 2013 - 2015 - Looking for jobs in Greece, none were available (due to socioeconomic crisis) 2015 - Decided only way to feed our family was to immigrate and started the process December 2015 - Got married (Greece has a LOT of red tape for foreigners marrying Greeks)
January 2016 - Finished gathering all documents and getting them translated
* * DCF in Athens, Greece * *

28th January 2016 - Finally filed I-130s
29th June - ISSUED!!!!!!1st July - Visa packages and passports delivered to DHL.4th July - Visas in hand! CU in two weeks USA!!
19th July- POE Detroit. All went well!! (excluding our screaming, jet lagged toddler!!)


After Arrival in the US

September 2016 - Hubby is diagnosed with congestive heart failure
October - February 2016 - Battle with drug use, overdosing, bringing home a tiny paycheck

March - July 2017 - I am working 80 hr weeks to make ends meet. Discovered hubby's affair. Still overdoses and is hospitalized. Has quit working all together.
July - October 2017 - Marriage counseling. Revealed hubby has "several" mental conditions. Is started on several mental meds.

October 2017 - Got accepted for a college course. Got better job to help raise my kids.

October 2017 - March 2018 - Situation at home is toxic. He files for divorce.

July 2018 - Divorce is final. I have full custody of our daughter.


ROC (GC expires July 19th 2018)

July 16th - Package for ROC is delivered to the CA service center (divorce waiver).

August 30th - NOA1 received with 18 month extension (fee waiver approved).

**Our DCF journey to an IV took 5 months and 1 day from turning in the I-130 to getting "Issued"**



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You fill yours out with 0 as the amount of income; you can list assets if you have them, but if your parents are well-qualified cosponsors it really doesn't matter much. You explain in a couple of short sentences why you were not required to file taxes (my USC husband was the same, I worked and supported us while we were in Ireland).

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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