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We got married last year, my wife stays in Taiwan awaiting for visa approval. We just got the i-130 approved and case already sent to NVC and received by NVC.

Some concerns:

1.)   I already paid AOS and IV fees yesterday and it’s “in process” now but cannot click the button “start now” even though it’s not greyed out anymore, is this normal?

2.)   Since we are already married last year, but my wife is not yet US citizen and stays in Taiwan now, when I do my tax return for 2019, should I file jointly with spouse or separately (I think cannot be separately because she is not US citizen yet and not working in US)?

3.)   Or is it ok if I just use 2018 tax return and don’t file the tax return for 2019 now?

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1 hour ago, joykid7 said:

We got married last year, my wife stays in Taiwan awaiting for visa approval. We just got the i-130 approved and case already sent to NVC and received by NVC.

Some concerns:

1.)   I already paid AOS and IV fees yesterday and it’s “in process” now but cannot click the button “start now” even though it’s not greyed out anymore, is this normal?

2.)   Since we are already married last year, but my wife is not yet US citizen and stays in Taiwan now, when I do my tax return for 2019, should I file jointly with spouse or separately (I think cannot be separately because she is not US citizen yet and not working in US)?

3.)   Or is it ok if I just use 2018 tax return and don’t file the tax return for 2019 now?

1.  Yes.  Until they process your payments.

2.  It depends on several factors.  If your wife has a Social Security number or an ITIN, you could file jointly......but if she had income, she would have to report her world-wide income for 2019.  By the way, she will not be a citizen for at least 3 years after arriving in the US.

3.  You must file tax returns prior to April 15th.  If her interview is after April 15th, she will have to provide your 2019 tax returns/transcripts.  If the interview is prior, then your 2018 return will likely suffice......it depends on what AIT wants at the interview.


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You can file either married filing jointly or married filing separately, either works. For jointly, you'll have to get her an ITIN, for separately you'll have to print out your forms, write "NRA" where her SSN would usually go, and mail off your forms to the IRS (can't file online this way)


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NVC Stage:

  • Sep 27 2019: Sent to Department of State
  • Oct 31 2019: Case number received (34 days since sent)
  • Nov 1 2019: IV & AOS fees received & paid
  • Nov 14 2019: IV & AOS submitted
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