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2020 taxes while AOS
8:05 pm February 3, 2021



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Hey everyone - I tried filing my taxes through the free turbotax option as I only have my income from my job to show and no additional deductions etc. With my wife coming to the US in November and getting married before Dec 2020, I was rushing to file as I needed to submit my 1040 with our AOS application. I didn't do much research as I now see that it would have been better to file married jointly. I filed married separately but since my wife has no SSN/ITIN number, what should I do now? Turbotax allowed me to print out my 1040 and said in the instructions to mail it it in because I can't provide a SSN for my wife. Since we are filing separately, do I need to also file for a ITIN or do I just write NRA for the SSN? I am still getting a decent tax refund so I don't care if I would have gotten more if I filed jointly, I just want to make sure that everything is being done correctly and I won't have problems with the IRS. Do I just mail my 1040 to the IRS as it is printed out from the turbotax site or do I need to add anything else to it?

Also, with us being from NJ, there was a question about whether we have insurance or not. I had insurance during 2020 under my parents and my wife obviously didn't. I am not sure if I answered that correctly (she got enrolled in January under my employer). There is something about an insurance mandate and a penalty if you don't have insurance but does she or I qualify for an exception? She was here for less than 60 days in 2020 and I was under a family insurance. There is a form (Schedule NJ-HCC) to complete for that as well attached to the 1040 where I need to fill in exemptions and dates on it which looks confusing.

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Affidavit of Support and i944
1:42 am January 26, 2021



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Hi everyone ! My wife and I are going through the AOS process now filling up all the paperwork. When we filled for her K-1 in 2019, my mother was the sponsor and filled out the affidavit of support papers. I was unemployed at the time and live with my parents. I started a new job in March 2020 however and just received my W-2.

Do I still need a sponsor or can I include my W-2, paystubs, and employment verification letter as proof of income without any recent tax history? I will be filing taxes before the deadline this year but won t be able to in time as her visa expires in a few weeks. Also, will I still need to fill out an affidavit of support even though I am her husband?

Likewise, I do live with my parents but they don t include me as a dependent on taxes. Do we need to include them on the i944?

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I-751 April 2020 - did not receive receipt of notice
6:11 pm May 26, 2020



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Hey all

We applied for my husbands I-751, it was received on April 22nd and according to the USCIS website it says:

On April 22, 2020, we received your Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, Receipt Number MSCxxxxxxxxxx, and sent you the receipt notice that describes how we will process your case. Please follow the instructions in the notice. If you do not receive your receipt notice by May 22, 2020, contact the USCIS Contact Center at www.uscis.gov/contactcenter. If you move, go to www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

However, we never received the receipt of notice on and on May 22nd I called as instructed. The lady said that we would have to check online and follow instructions, I explained that is exactly what I did. She then said I could email the lockbox to have the letter resent (emailed but not reply yet). Finally when I pointed out that according to the USCIS website it is currently taking 14mths to process I-751 and yet we are only allowed to apply 90days before the expiration of the green card, she said we would need to make an appointment to have an adit stamp however they are not taking appointments right now. We have until July 17th.

Has anyone else run into this or have any advice for us? Also does anyone know if there is a charge for the ADIT stamp and interview?

Thanks all

Kathy and Dane

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Year 2020 - RFE on I-751
7:44 am May 2, 2020



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Hi Guys!

So, today - May 1st, 2020, I received the RFE letter. I wanted to share everything with you and see if you can help me with the preparation of the packet. I want to thank you in advance for your help. You guys are amazing!! ?

This is what I sent to USCIS on July 12, 2019. Vermont center.

Evidence of our bona fide relationship:
Copy of our Marriage Certificate
Copies of our joint tax return for 2017 and 2018
Copies of our tax transcripts for 2017 and 2018
Copies of our W2's for 2017 and 2018 showing same address
Copies of bank statements from our join bank account for the past 24 months
Copy of our joint account debit cards
Copy of our apartment renters insurance showing joint policy
Copy of my spouse's life insurance policy showing my name as the beneficiary
Copy of our original apartment rental contract showing joint cohabitation
Copy of our renewed apartment rental contract showing joint cohabitation
Notarized sworn affidavit letters of support from family and friends
Letter from the Building Management Office confirming our tenancy and joint cohabitation
Copies of electricity bills for the past 24 months showing joint account
Copy of our Costco joint membership
Copies of checks that we have paid the apartment rent with from our joint bank account and the landlord's receipts.
Copy of check that we have paid the IRS from our joint bank account
Copies of medical records, phone bills, online orders, furniture deliveries, bank correspondence, IRS correspondence, Department of Motor Vehicles, USPS package deliveries, promotional materials and other showing same address
Copy of an email from a real estate investor in regards to future investments addressed to both of us
Copy of a reservation confirmation for a United Airlines client event that we attended in New York City showing both of our names
Copies of Driver's Licence and State ID showing same address
Copy of our airline tickets from our trip to Chicago, Illinois
Copy of our hotel reservation confirmation letter in Chicago, Illinois
Explanation to why we don t have a joint health care insurance
Explanation to why we don t have a joint phone plan
Pictures together from 2016 to 2019.

BELOW IS THE RFE LETTER. They are basically asking for the same things. I don't understand. Compared to other people that I know, who have gotten green cards, I think I have sent more than enough.

Unfortunately I don't have anything additional from what I sent 10 months ago. We don't have a kid, we don't have a car, we don't have a joint phone bill because his company pays for his bill and we don't have joint health insurance because we've been changing jobs frequently and we couldn't be on the same plan.

Do you think if I send the same documents, but with new dates for the past 10 months it will be sufficient??? AWAITING FOR YOUR ADVICE :))



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Chat logs for interview?
3:33 pm October 4, 2019



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Hi! My husband has his interview in North Macedonia on Tuesday (October 8th). We are trying to bring anything possible they may want. We lived together in North Macedonia until two months ago when I returned to the US to re-establish domicile (get a US job, apartment, etc.). Do I need to provide any chat logs for the last two months we've been apart? He's bringing an album I made about our first year of marriage (including pictures of travels and with his family and handwritten notes to each other), Airbnb receipts from our trips, and a copy of my Macedonian residency permit that listed me living at his family's residence. Thanks, I appreciate insight!

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