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6 minutes ago, Ella and James said:

My USC fiancee's income for 2018 was $20,000. He is self-employed and it is just me and him who will be in the household, currently it is just him. 

Will this be enough at the London Embassy in the affidavit of support, or should we be at 125% instead?

London has approved 100% in the past. Since it's a subjective decision by the interviewer, there is no guarantee yours will be treated the same way. It is stated as 100%  by the Dept of State which issues visas.

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5 minutes ago, Ella and James said:

My USC fiancee's income for 2018 was $20,000. He is self-employed and it is just me and him who will be in the household, currently it is just him. 

Will this be enough at the London Embassy in the affidavit of support, or should we be at 125% instead?

What will you do come time for AOS?


YMMV

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7 minutes ago, Ella and James said:

My USC fiancee's income for 2018 was $20,000. He is self-employed and it is just me and him who will be in the household, currently it is just him. 

Will this be enough at the London Embassy in the affidavit of support, or should we be at 125% instead?

 

While the I-134 is only 100%, come AOS and the I-864 you will need 125%.... so how will that work.

 

Also, as noted, while it may meet the minimum requirements, the determination is up to the CO whether they deem you need a co-sponsor or not.

 

Also, just honestly, that isn't much money for one person to live on let alone two.... and you won't able to work for awhile after you got here so.. just something for though.

 

There are a lot of hidden expenses that come up when people move in together, I know, I took out a 5k loan from my 401k before he came for just that stuff.


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24 minutes ago, Ella and James said:

My USC fiancee's income for 2018 was $20,000. He is self-employed and it is just me and him who will be in the household, currently it is just him. 

Will this be enough at the London Embassy in the affidavit of support, or should we be at 125% instead?

 

24 minutes ago, Ella and James said:

My USC fiancee's income for 2018 was $20,000. He is self-employed and it is just me and him who will be in the household, currently it is just him. 

Will this be enough at the London Embassy in the affidavit of support, or should we be at 125% instead?

Hi.  You should shoot for 125%.  I would consider a co-sponsor for now & possibly also whatever assets he may have to make up the difference.  Like everyone else is saying after you are married & it's time for AOS, you will definitely have to meet the guidelines.  I wish you success.  

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Whilst it will probably get the rubber stamp of approval for London, it’s a very low income for 2 adults. You won’t be able to work for many months. You also have hefty AOS fees approaching, which will account for about a month’s wages, after tax. 

 

I don’t doubt that there are parts of the country where it is possible for 2 people to live on $20k a year, but not many. Do you have substantial savings? London also accepts self-sponsorship.  What will you do for healthcare since he is self-employed? 


 

 

 

 

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11 hours ago, JFH said:

Whilst it will probably get the rubber stamp of approval for London, it’s a very low income for 2 adults. You won’t be able to work for many months. You also have hefty AOS fees approaching, which will account for about a month’s wages, after tax. 

 

I don’t doubt that there are parts of the country where it is possible for 2 people to live on $20k a year, but not many. Do you have substantial savings? London also accepts self-sponsorship.  What will you do for healthcare since he is self-employed? 

Not sure about healthcare yet. Will not having healthcare organised before my interview make it look like I could become a public charge?

I have about £23,000 in savings (quite a lot for a 22 year old) that I can show to the interviewer. If I need to dip into my savings whilst over there I can and will. We will be living partly off-grid and he has no mortgage to pay on his house or loans etc. so he is able to keep costs low. I was living over there for 3 months last year and his bills weren't much more than when he lived alone. 

How does he add assets to the affidavit of support? He has a truck he uses for work but also has a classic car he could have valued and maybe even his plot of land. 

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7 hours ago, Ella and James said:

I have about £23,000 in savings (quite a lot for a 22 year old) that I can show to the interviewer.

Take proof of that...bank statements or whatever shows you have it. That's about $30,000 and coupled with his I -134 and $20,000 income, the officer should be easily convinced you will not become a public charge. Get a photocopy of his tax return (or transcript) since he is self employed. 

 

You'll fine for AOS too because your assets as the spouse/immigrant can be used on the I-864.

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