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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Nicaragua

Hello. I have started the K1 Visa process and am currently waiting on my NOA2. I'm a student and have no income yet since I'm finishing university. I knew when I started this process, I would definitely need a joint sponsor. My cousin is willing to do it and we've established that she meets the requirements for doing a joint sponsorship. My question now is, can someone please explain to me in normal, everyday words what it means to be a joint sponsor, like what responsibilities this person has and how that may effect them in the future. I've read about it through the USCIS website but they use a lot of verbiage that goes over my head, so a simple explanation would be greatly appreciated! I guess my biggest concern is if my fiancé will somehow effect how my joint sponsor files her taxes in the future or something like that? That part is really unclear to me and would like more information from anyone that has dealt with this!! Also, will it negatively effect my case since on my side of the financial aspect, I am providing practically no income, since I'm a student and have been a student the past three years... (I am getting all the financial support to do this K1 Visa through my mother, but she can't file as my joint sponsor since she doesn't meet the minimum income requirement. Either way, I am graduating in June and will be working immediately.. this whole visa and financial thing just caught me at a weird time but I preferred to try to do it asap since I, obviously, would like to have my partner by my side :)

Thank you in advance for the help 

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Romania

 I think you should delay your application for the K1 visa. Build some income before applying.   The public charge rule will hit you when you apply for the 2 year Green Card AOS after your marriage, if the visa is approve.  

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The responsibility of the Joint Sponsor (JS) is mainly to pledge (not literally but way of their submitting their financial documents) to the embassy that they will be responsible for you financially so you do not become a public charge. A PC is where one who does not have the means to support themselves or that they are a low income earner and rely on the government for housing, food stamps or utility payments. These are just a few but not all. Your sponsor does not claim you on their taxes but you will submit your own taxes when the time comes.


The income is tricky here. Some embassy's understand about being a student and having no income. The normally would look at how soon you will graduate and what is your income potential. Now with the new regulations we have no idea what a specific embassy will or will not do. The regulations are a bit more black and white when you reach the AOS stage after marriage. That has not been tested so we have little or no history from which to draw from to answer any questions.


Here is a list of what is needed to produce the financial documents for the interview.


EVIDENCE OF SUPPORT: You must submit any evidence which will show that you and members of your family who will accompany you are not likely to become public charges while in the United States. Visa petitioner (US Citizen) will have to complete form I-134. If the petitioner does not qualify as a sponsor, a Joint-Sponsor should ALSO be presented (any US Citizen living in the US or Legal Permanent Resident), who will also have to complete form I-134. Both, the Sponsor (Petitioner) as well as the Joint-Sponsor, will have to present last year's income tax return transcripts. W2 form and proof of current and sustainable income (e.g letter of employment on letterhead including salary and start date, most recent salary receipts, bank accounts, the value of properties, etc.). You may download the I-134 affidavit at https://www.uscis.gov/i-134 Get the IRS transcript in place of the actual 1040 here: https://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript Use this link to determine the income levels needed https://www.uscis.gov/i-864p. Also, the new requirement from most embassies is to complete the DS-5540. https://eforms.state.gov/Forms/ds5540.PDF


I hope this helped you in your understanding of the financials of this process.


Adjustment of Status

AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]


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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China

Moved from Progress Reports to Process & Procedures.

Our journey:


September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Lithuania
On 3/9/2020 at 5:17 AM, RomanianBeauty said:

 I think you should delay your application for the K1 visa. Build some income before applying.   The public charge rule will hit you when you apply for the 2 year Green Card AOS after your marriage, if the visa is approve.  

Can you elaborate? They would not be on any public benefits I am assuming?

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