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Hello VisaJourney,

I am an American who recently filed I-130 for my husband (Canadian) in September and while waiting for a response from USCIS, I had a few questions regarding the next step.

I have read most of the guides on this site and was hoping to clear up some confusion I had. I have been living in Canada for the past six years.

-Taxes. I have not filed US income taxes since 2010, as I have been legally working and living in Canada since we got married. Do I need to include any taxes (US or Canadian income taxes) in the AOS? I have filed Canadian taxes since 2010.

-To prove domicile, we planned for myself and our daughter to move to my parents a month or two before the interview, while my husband stays in Canada. Would this be adequate time to prove that I intend on staying in the US?

-Lastly, I obviously will need a joint sponsor as I don't have a job in the USA yet. We are going to have my brother fill out form I-864 (AOS) as a joint sponsor, but I was reading that I-864a is for family members who intend to provide financial support. Which form should he fill out? We would both be living in the same house.

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as a US citizen you're required to file taxes in theUSA regardless unless you didnt meet income guidelines. I'd start by filing those back taxes. Montreal is very strict on domicile, I'm uncertain if that would be an acceptable amount of time.

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You file I-864. Your brother files I-864, checking "I'm the only joint sponsor".

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