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I-864 RFE tax return transcripts, bank statements questions

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Hi everyone! We got an RFE stating that it could not be determined if the petitioner qualifies for I-864. We found a joint sponsor. I have a couple of questions.

 

1. We are resending last three years of tax return transcripts for the petitioner, and are including last three years of tax return transcripts for our joint sponsor, who is not married. Are tax return transcripts from the IRS website enough without adding W2s either for the petitioner or for the joint sponsor?

 

2. Just to double check, for the I-864 Part 6 questions 24a, 24b, 24c, we use the Total Income line from the tax transcripts from the first section Income, and not the Adjusted Gross Income line from the next section Adjustments to Income?

 

3. We included 12 months of bank statements for the petitioner's assets. We found conflicting answers whether to include all the pages of each bank statement (generic info, card transactions...) or just the relevant ones. We decided to include all of them, since each bank statement is numbered, so we assume leaving something out would be submitting incomplete documents. It can't hurt, right?

 

Thank you!

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1. Yes. If those taxes were filed as single or married filing separately.

Earnings statements are only required if filed as MFJ to distinguish individual income on the transcript from the income of the jointly filing spouse.

Note that 3 years are optional.

Most recent year is only required.

2. Gross total for employed.

Gross adjustable for self employed.

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3. Bank statements are needed only IF you do not meet the guidelines with income.

The bank statements you are referring to are not what they are asking for.

You need a specific statement from your bank not a regular monthly statement.

The description of the bank statement they request is outlined on the I134 forms website on the main page under the last drop down menu marked "Checklist of required initial evidence".

 

(Yes I know ... You aren't filling out an I134 but that is the only place that explains the details of what kind of bank statement they request).

 

"A signed statement from an officer of the bank or other financial institution that states when you opened an account, the total amount deposited for the past year, and the present balance of such account".

 

Note also that a bank fund asset being used to make up the difference for any income shortfall would be expected to be in that account for one year.

Again, assets are used ONLY if income is short not for the heck of it.

And YES it CAN HURT.

Submitting useless documents that they have no clue why you are submitting them can get you a second RFE.

Edited by K1visaHopeful

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20 hours ago, K1visaHopeful said:

1. Yes. If those taxes were filed as single or married filing separately.

Earnings statements are only required if filed as MFJ to distinguish individual income on the transcript from the income of the jointly filing spouse.

Note that 3 years are optional.

Most recent year is only required.

2. Gross total for employed.

Gross adjustable for self employed.

Thank you for your response!

 

1. Yes, the joint sponsor is not married and has filed as head of household with one minor child as a dependent. So for the joint sponsor's household size, for I-864 part 5, that would be 3 - the immigrant, joint sponsor and dependent child.

 

2. I forgot to mention that neither the petitioner nor the joint sponsor are self employed. So it is the Total Income line from the IRS tax return transcript.

 

20 hours ago, K1visaHopeful said:

Again, assets are used ONLY if income is short not for the heck of it.

And YES it CAN HURT.

Submitting useless documents that they have no clue why you are submitting them can get you a second RFE.

3. Thank you for your advice!

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1 hour ago, atyourside said:

Thank you for your response!

 

1. Yes, the joint sponsor is not married and has filed as head of household with one minor child as a dependent. So for the joint sponsor's household size, for I-864 part 5, that would be 3 - the immigrant, joint sponsor and dependent child.

 

Correct as long as they have not sponsored anyone else before.

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