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I'm a 33 yr old female, Australian and my 28 yr old male US citizen fiance is petitioning me with a K1-Visa

In 2018, from January to August, he was self-employed with Uber and Lyft as a rideshare driver. Then, from September to present he has been employed full time as an administrative assistant. 

Gross income: 
2014 = $8,458.  
2015 = $10,715. 
2016 = $1,651. 
2017 = $16,093. 
2018 = $23,928. 

2018 is the only year that he's been above the poverty line for the minimum income requirement (He lives in California). 
Should we have his father sign as the co-sponsor? (His Dad has worked full time managing a restaurant since 1980)
What are your recommendations to have the strongest and most successful application in this scenario? 
Note: He has not yet submitted his 2018 tax returns. If you have any recommendations on how to make the tax return more favorable for the k1-visa application please let us know.



Thank you so much in advance for any advice. 

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Not sure how you can make a tax return more favorable, unless he intends to flub the numbers. Don't do that. Get the taxes done as soon as possible so you can print them out. 


If he meets the guideline at 125% (he does for a household of 2), and can show at least 6 months of bank records + his latest tax return, they're not going to care about the last 5 years of not meeting this. The biggest thing they look for is that someone has stable income. As he's no longer self-employed, also be sure to include his pay stubs, and a letter from his employer couldn't hurt. This info will be much more important than the previous self-employment evidence. 

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Based on his past income and work history, he should not attempt to file without a cosponsor. Even though last year he technically was above the minimum guideline for immigration, it wasn't by that much. And his previous years show very low income.


Even with a cosponsor you are at risk of being denied. They may see that you are a risk of becoming a public charge.

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Sometimes a question like what your asking is better served with local knowledge as to others experience with the Australian US Embassy on how they view income requirements.  The Philippines most times do not ask for financials where another embassy has a different set of requirements. I recommend joining the sub forum for Australia found here for the best answer. 




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