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Living overseas, filling I-130 Questions about sponsorship

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Dear all,

 

My spouse(Bosnian citizen) and I (USC) have been married for over 2 years and living in Bosnia for the past 16 months. We sent off the I-130 to the Chicago Lockbox and now I have questions in regards to the sponsorship.

 

 

Some background: I moved to Saudi Arabia from the US  Sept 2014 and stayed there until May 2018 for work. I filed the US taxes for all those years and was under the  Foreign Earned Income Exclusion. August 2018 was the last time I worked,  meaning a whole year I have been unemployed. 

 

We want to minimize the time we are apart, what is the best way for us to  do this?

 

1. If I find a US company that allows for REMOTE Work and provides a W-2, allowing me to stay in Bosnia and work remotely, would I be able to use this income?

 

2. If I decided to go back to Saudi or find work here in Bosnia, file taxes, would I be able to use that as proof of income for the sponsorship?

 

3. Do any of those taxes I filed before while working in Saudi account for anything?

 

4. How much can my savings account for - for the sponsorship?

 

5. If I have to go back to the states to work, how many months prior to the spouse's interview should I do that? How many paystubs will they need to see?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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