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Is there a minimum income requirement for those going through AOS?

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I'm not even sure how to word my question to where it makes sense to everyone but I was wondering what is the financial requirements at this stage, if any? (Applied for AOS, biometrics done, just waiting for interview....)


We've been married for over a year now and just waiting for the interview - we were wondering if my husband (the petitioner / American citizen, ) still had to make a specific minimum amount per year? I am still unable to work because I haven't gotten my EAD/documents and my husband is thinking about a career change - where he may or may not be making more than what he currently does. We are way above the minimum but we'd still like to know if there are any financial requirements for those that are at this stage. He also wants to take an extended vacation before a new job ( months, or even a year), but we were wondering if that would affect the visa. We have some savings for him to be unemployed for a little while so that isn't the issue - we just won't have income coming in. 

Is the minimum income requirement just for those trying to apply for the K1 visa?


We want to make the big changes with the visa process in mind and do the right thing (this entire process is confusing enough as it is!)

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Yes.  Until interview your I-864 would need to be current and qualify. 

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for AOS the petitioners income needs to be at least 125% of fed poverty line

5/7/2018 K1       Application mailed

5/9/2018             Application rec'd and signed for (sent via fedex)

5/14/2018          NOA1 Email notification

5/18/2018          NOA1 Paper copy rec'd (i797C)

11/5/2018          NOA2 ❤️ no RFE's

11/19/2018        NVC Received file


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A satisfactory I-864 will have to be presented at the interview.......so yes, you need a sponsor with adequate income.

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the income they look at is before taxes are taken out correct?

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