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i-864 joint sponsor requirement

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USA citizen maries in europe and live there a while with her.

Two years later US citizen files i130.

They live there 2-4 more years together.

Have 3-4 kids during this time.

Their income is way under irs filing threshold say $5k-$7k total per year.

So petitioner will have 0 income and will use a joint sponsor.

Children are us citizens so don't need sponsorship.


Petitioner household will have 0 income, when they get here but he will have a job pretty soon after at his former place and a free place to stay.


Because petitioner is going to show 0 income and has 3-4 dependents + wife, (household of 5-6 ppl).

Does joint sponsor have to show 125% for all 6-7 ( as household members of petitioner) or just for the immigrant which is the petitioner's wife?

Joint sponsor has around 30k shown on w2 income. Will live at same address. Is single sibling.

I have other joint sponsors available which have triple that but wanna save on paperwork.


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no, just the beneficiary, plus his or her household. if he or she is married, or married with children, he or she will add the beneficiary to the household size


even though the petitioner doesn't have any income, he must file an i864 as sponsor regardless, and attach a letter explaining why he wasn't required to file taxes


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Ah yea i knew about petitioner having to file even with 0. I wasn't sure how joint sponsorship is counted.

Was a bit confused when i read the i864P saying Sponsor's Household size/income.

(joint is not mentioned...so i thought maybe they lump the 2 incomes together 0+30k then count for 6-7 ppl total needs $42k-$46k+)


Was thinking it was used to raise petitioners household income to get it to 125%.

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