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  1. Hi everyone! Hoping for help with proving that I will reestablish domicile in US after spouse visa approval. I've been abroad 7 years and have filed federal and state taxes all those years as married filing separately. However, once in US we want to buy a house so we are currently paying loads to amend past years as married filing jointly with my husband electing to be treated as a US citizen. Once these returns come through we will use this information for our I-864. What's throwing me a bit is the following from i-864 directions "B. Records of paying U.S. state or local taxes;" My accountant is advising that I don't file/amend state taxes as there is no other need to (I don't own property or get any of my income from the US). I would be filing as "nonresident" in my state anyways and we are not "paying" only filing. I am wondering how important it is for state taxes to be filed? Has anyone ran into this helping their case? I've been careful to keep "ties" in other ways, here are some examples. 1. Driving license current 2. Still have my same US bank account (and already starting to transfer funds) 3. Have voted in multiple elections over the years and am a registered voter of my state. My voter registration is affiliated with my permanent address. 4. Have a retirement fund associated with my state and permanent address. 5. Have maintained/renewed my teaching license for my state. 6. Email correspondence with mortgage brokers. 7. Email correspondence with accountants regarding change to my husband's filing status. 8. Employee hired where we intend to live (My husband has his own company and his first US hire was in the state we intend to move to) 9. Still have same cell phone number/cell phone plan associated with my permanent address. These are just the start, by the time we submit these documents, I will also probably have email correspondence with schools/childcare for my kids as well as email correspondence with shipping companies. It's possible we may even be approved for a mortgage by then. However my accountants need to know now if I want to pay for state taxes to be filed. Anyone have ideas or experience with this? How important are the "state and local taxes"? Thanks in advance!
  2. We are now in the NVC process and filling out the I-864 EZ form. 1. The beneficiary's name was filled as married name in the i-130 form. Maiden name was added under other names. 2. The DS-260 has the beneficiary's maiden name (since it has to match the passport which hasn't yet been updated. Married name is added under other names. 3. The intention is to update the passport to married name while we wait for interview. Question is what name should we fill in the I-864 form?
  3. Hello! Quick question. I applied for a marriage-based greencard last summer and thankfully it is finally moving along in the process. USCIS has now forwarded at least part of the process over the the National Visa Center [NVC] who are now asking for the submission of: An I-864 Affidavit of Support Form Supporting I-864 Doc's Completion of a "Online Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application (DS-260)" through their website I think I know the answer to my question, but wanted to check anyways -- should I create a new I-864 form with fully up-to-date info in it, or should I send the NVC an I-864 form identical to the one I sent to USCIS last summer? For example, differences between the two would include a change of address. Also, one more quick question: would I need to report my 2020 Tax Year income if I haven't filed my 2020 taxes yet? Thanks for any help!
  4. Hello everyone! I filled for a spousal visa for my husband in 2019. My husband had his Inter with the Embassy in Sudan. The Counselor officer placed the case on administrative processing. 2 months later they sent an email stating the a new sponsor is needed because the current sponsor does not have sufficient income. Although the joint sponsor is making above 100k annually. I found a new sponsor recently, although I’m not sure which tax year should I include. Because the the new sponsor has not received tax return for 2020. Is it okay to include 2019 and 2018 only? Or do I need to have the tax documents for 2020?
  5. Hello, I am on F1 visa (doctoral student). Married to US citizen, filed I-130 and I-765 in August 2020. However, I realized that I need to file I-485 too. Can somebody tell me if we need to submit I-864 Affidavit of Support too? And what are total requirements if I am missing any other requirements then this (I-94, passport pictures, marriage certificate, I-20, joint bank statements, birth certificates, passport copies, visas, receipts of I-765 and I-130. And I-864 now or once I get approval? Aside from that if I need to file something else too to get green card and work authorization? Need help Thanks MBA-098
  6. I hope somebody can help me! I have my interview in 15 days! My sponsor is Retired so it’s a little different with the bring 2 months of paystubs and w2s he doesn’t have those. He gets monthly income from Social Security and then he gets income from Investment Retirement, he draws one big sum of money once a year and he does that mid February.. So I’m kinda confused what to bring bc he doesn’t know until mid February what he will draw from his retirement for his income for 2021 and my interview is first week of February and second can couple months of bank statements be good to show what Social security deposited as income? He usually gets that paper that social security sends to show what his monthly benefits will be for the year but he hasn’t got that yet!
  7. Hi everyone, I'm preparing the documents for my AOS interview that was scheduled a week ago (still didn't receive the interview letter and no idea of the date). For the I-864 supporting documents, I am taking with me : Pay stubs (last 2 months), Letter from employer, Tax return transcripts (past 3 years) we still don't have the W-2. is there any other documents we have/can add to this ? Thank you !
  8. We submitted our package last September and finally got letters about the missing information. I know we forgot the I-130A and the I-864 and will be submitting them. However there is a new section talking about needing a I-944 Declaration of Self-Sufficiency. I'm unclear if this is needed. It says it would be if the I-485 is deemed inadmissible, however my wife is not self-sufficient as she currently can't work in the US. Is it basically another financial support form that contains just my information for taxes and assets? Any advice is appreciated. It does say that last year a waiver was in place from July 29th-September 22nd which we fell into, but anything after February 24th requires the form.
  9. Hello, I am the petitioner and my spouse is currently in the USA on a valid F-1 visa. We married 7/26/2020. We were nearly done with preparing our application to concurrently file I-130 and I-485 to adjust status. However, the I-944 is a big headache as expected and I ran into an extremely confusing dilemma. I am 22 and recently graduated from university and now make ~$40k a year as of November 2020. However, I only made a few thousand dollars in 2019 from an internship position, which is reflected in my tax return. Because of this, we decided to use my father as a joint-sponsor and file another I-864. However, I realized that my father has me listed as a dependent on his 2017, 2018, and 2019 tax returns (although I now have my own health insurance and my spouse is a beneficiary). Should my father (the joint sponsor) be listed as a member of our household income on the I-944 if he has me listed as a dependent? He even has me listed for 2020 as well since I moved out last year. My spouse and I live together in our own apartment. Does this mean I should be filing I-864A for my father instead of a separate I-864? Any guidance would be GREATLY APPRECIATED! I just need to know what him listing me as a dependent does to our application. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!
  10. Does anyone know if the applicant needs to carry I-864 form with original wet ink signature to the immigrant visa (IR-1) interview? This form was already submitted to NVC. Neither NVC nor US Consulate, Mumbai is able to answer this question. They advise to ask USCIS. Moreover, travel.state.gov webpage says otherwise: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/visas-news-archive/20161228_ink-signature-no-longer-required-on-affidavits-of-support.html, but I am not absolutely sure as I never heard back from the US Consulate, Mumbai.
  11. Hi, everyone! Has anyone used assets rather than income to sponsor their spouse for a CR-1/IR-1 visa to the U.S? If yes, can you give some details and did it work out? Also, for U.S. citizen spouses, is the difference in required income and actual income multiplied by three or five to determine assets needed? MORE INFO: I (U.S. Citizen) am sponsoring my husband. I would like to include 2020's tax return in the I-864. I earn just over the minimum income required. However, I usually claim a number of deductibles on my taxes because I am a freelancer in a gig economy. If I claim the deductibles like usual, this will lower my income to a few thousand dollars less than needed. On the other hand, if I don’t claim the deductibles, I’m going to owe a couple extra thousand dollars in taxes which isn’t ideal because we’re expecting a baby in the spring and I’ll be out of work for a while. Our total assets amount to around $32,000. I’m wondering if that’s enough to cover the asset requirement, but I’ve read conflicting information online. Any replies would be appreciated!
  12. Hello everyone. After submitting all the requirements and supporting documents to NVC, they all have been accepted except they left me this message: ”IRENE does not meet the minimum income requirement to sponsor the intending immigrants for this case. The consular officer will make a decision regarding this requirement at the time of the interview. For more information, please visit https://www.uscis.gov/i-864p. To avoid delays, an additional Affidavit of Support Form I-864 for a joint sponsor may be submitted. FINANCIAL SPONSORSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES: Financial sponsors, joint sponsors, and applicants should be aware of responsibilities when signing an I-864 and the consequences for a sponsored immigrant's acceptance of federal means-tested public benefits. For more information visit https://nvc.state.gov/aos.” I’m currently a soldier in US ARMY and my wife is the immigrant. After my researches I found out that as a service member my minimum annual income required is $17240 for a household size of 2. Except not my last 3 years income meet that requirement. Here are my last 3 years of income: In 2017: $19378 (Okay) In 2018: $4939 (I have at during this year full time and didn’t meet the requirements) In 2019: $13401(I was already in the military and was deployed to Kuwait for 6 months and was getting paid with free tax. So in 2019 I only filed tax with the other remaining 6 months I was in states paying tax.) NVC told me it’s only the recent year income which is required. My question is should We get a join sponsor or just go to the interview with my deployment order as support document event knowing we already provided it in the accepted documents. Thanks!
  13. Hi. I am going through a CR1 visa process with my husband, he is a American citizen and I am from Venezuela, both currently living in Ecuador. We already submitted civil documents and the DS-260 form on the NVC website. My husband does not have the minimum income to be my sponsor, so we talked to his father. He is willing to be my co sponsor, but my mother in law is not. Does she need to sign the affidavit of support too or can my father in law do it without her? They declare taxes together as a married couple. The only other option we have is a cousin who is a paralegal. She has done this before but she does not want to upload all her personal information (taxes, prove of citizenship, etc) on the NVC website. Instead, she wants to mail it. My only worry is that the email NVC sent with the welcome letter states "DO NOT MAIL ANYTHING". I guess because the case is electronic. Would that be a problem? We have no more options 😟.
  14. Hi good people. I was reading the rules on the I-864 form and it states that - The I-864 is the Affidavit of Support form that requires copies of the petitioners *past 3 U.S tax returns* (or tax transcripts) What if I the spouse has Only been in the US for 2 years and do not have a 3rd year tax return what do we do. Has anybody ever been in such a situation. Thank you in advance.
  15. How everyone please help me understand because I have googled and research with various information I am not to sure of the real facts where do you submit the form I-864 is it included in the initial application when you start of as a petitioner or do you wait until they actually request for it. When does one actually fill and submit this form please please help.
  16. Hello to all and happy Holidays, I start filling I-864 for my wife and stepdaughter, I found a few fill able forms online , my 2 questions are 1- is the sponsor signing I was told have to be done manually, by means of printing the form, then signing with black ink, scanned it and then converted to PDF and then upload it or can be signed electronically using the mouse ? 2-all forms upladed have to be only in pdf or can be a pic format file as JPE or other? Thank you.
  17. I am filling out an I-864 Affidavit of Support (I am the petitioner), and my spouse is filling out an 1-864A because I need his income to meet the 125% HHS Poverty Guidelines. My spouse and I have a joint checking account at the bank, and we want to show that as proof of assets (my spouse and I both own this bank account). So in Part 7 of the I-864, do I enter this checking account balance as my assets? And then, do I add this checking account balance again on the I-864A? I was concerned because on the I-864, it asks for the "household member's assets from Form I-864A" which is both of our money... so I wasn't sure if I could put it twice. But if I did, it would be added twice. Does anyone know what to do?
  18. On Part 11 of the Affidavit of Support (I-864), I need to fill this section out, because I need extra space to write down the full international mailing address, since it's simply too long for me to handwrite/type it in Part 2. However, it says to "sign and date each sheet." But, there's no space to properly sign and date the sheet anywhere on the page?? Has anyone here had to use this page when filling out the I-864? If so, did you have to sign and date it? And where did you sign/date it?
  19. Hi! This is my first post on VisaJourney, and I appreciate you all reading this and helping me. On the i-864 Affidavit of Support, I cannot fit the principal immigrant's mailing address on page 1 in the box provided at all, since the international address is quite large. I want to type out the form, but Adobe Reader will not let me change the font size. (I think it's too difficult for me to handwrite the long address while staying legible as well) Has anyone come across this issue? And if so, how did you resolve this situation so that the NVC approved your form? Thanks!
  20. Hello, I have a question regarding what number to put as my annual income on the I-864 affidavit of support. For context I was working for an organization until September of this year. Thus, from Jan-Sep of this I was receiving a set monthly salary from my former employer. However, I left the organization at the beginning of September and am now working as an independent contractor and therefore do not have a set monthly salary. I was advised not to put my annual income as it was under my former employer. What amount should I put?
  21. Hello! My wife will be filing an Affidavit of Support for my adjustment of status. She has never filed her taxes before, because she was a student and had almost no income so she thought she didn't need to. We just sent all of her tax returns for the previous years but we won't have the transcript on time to include it in the AOS package. She now has a job and makes roughly $41k a year, but since she just started working in October we are going to use a joint sponsor who has been working his whole life and has enough financial resources. I have two questions: 1. I know that my wife HAS to file an affidavit of support for me, I don't think that it will be approved since she just started her job and we won't be including her tax return transcripts. Would my AOS still go through if my wife's affidavit is declined but our joint sponsor's is approved? 2. Can the joint sponsor be the person my wife is contracting for in one of her jobs? He's a family friend and we live with him. Thank you guys for your time, and have a nice day! Valentin
  22. When we filed our I-864 we knew that my husband's income wouldn't be sufficient, so we used the value of his property to supplement his income (the land of his house is worth way more than what he makes). We receive the following rejection, even though all of our AOS documents were accepted: XXX does not meet the minimum income requirement to sponsor the intending immigrants for this case. The consular officer will make a decision regarding this requirement at the time of the interview. [NOTE THIS IS MY UNDERLINE. THE MESSAGE DID NOT APPEAR THIS WAY IN THE EMAIL.] For more information, please visit https://www.uscis.gov/i-864p. To avoid delays, an additional Affidavit of Support Form I-864 for a joint sponsor may be submitted So I have a bunch of questions, but they really come down to this: 1. Does the underlined passage mean they are going to consider the value of his assets at the time of the interview when deciding if they will admit my son and me (we are a 3 person household per the AOS forms), or is that an outright rejection of the AOS? 2. I have just found out (and been negotiating like mad afterwards) that my employer is willing to let me keep my job when I move to be with my husband. My income will more than make up for the deficit. I can get a copy of a letter from my employer guaranteeing my job and my income. Because of this, should we just file a revised AOS or a brand new AOS which will include my proof of income, and if so, do we have to pay another fee to process this AOS? I believe that would be better proof that I am not intending to be a burden on the social systems of the country. 3. I will also be selling my house, but because of COVID I can't really afford to get a proper appraisal done for the house at this time. Do they need a formal appraisal or will my tax valuation from my municipality for my property suffice (along with a copy of my mortgage renewal showing how much I still owe)? And if I do need to add this, same question - do we file an amended AOS or do we have to pay to file a brand new AOS? Note that when I say "AOS", I mean a standard I-864 form, the form we initially used for the process. Thanks everyone in advance for your help.
  23. Hi everyone, I have gained a lot of super valuable information from this forum, and appreciate everyone’s comments, advice, and wisdom. I have questions about how to proceed with reporting income and about our plan for the I-864 Affidavit. Quick primer on our situation; Me - American citizen, wife - Japanese citizen We live in Japan, got married here, and have had two children here. The children have US citizenship. We are immigrating to the US and applying for a Green Card for my wife through Consular Processing and have successfully submitted our I-130. Our case is now at the National Visa Center, and we are getting going on the I-864 Affidavit. I have a job here, as does she. As we will be immigrating next summer (hopefully!), neither of us has income secured for once we arrive in the US. Furthermore, my US income tax returns going back to the beginning of my stay in Japan (20 years!) lists my adjusted gross income as $0.00, due to the Foreign Earned Income exclusion. Question 1) how do I report income on the I-864? I assume I’ll be listing my income as 0.00, since a) the instructions state that it should be income going forward, i.e. income that can be used to support my wife so she doesn’t require state support, and b) that’s my adjusted gross income according to my income tax returns. Is this the correct assumption/interpretation/path forward? Question 2) I have assets in the States but barely enough to cover the threshold the officers reviewing my case will (presumably) want to see, so I have enlisted my sister and her husband as joint sponsors. Funny enough, earlier this year my sister quit her job and returned to school to get an advanced degree, so she has plenty of income from past years but nothing now or going forward. I assume therefore her income as far as NVC is concerned is 0.00, which means we’re planning on having her husband the be actual joint sponsor for my wife’s case. My sister would be the Household Member since her and her husband file their taxes jointly (as I have understood advice I saw elsewhere on this awesome forum, even if my sister can’t materially support my wife, she should still be a part of the process through the I-864A, as her and her husband file jointly). Me (sponsor) - I-864 and supporting docs Brother-in-law (joint sponsor) - I-864 and supporting docs Sister (Household Member) - I-864A and supporting docs Is this the correct assumption/interpretation/path forward? Thank you all so much for your consideration!
  24. I would like to withdraw my I-864 financial support form because I found out six months ago that my spouse married me just for a green card. When we discussed this, my spouse agreed to leave the United States if I agreed to not report another fraud I discovered (forging an affidavit she submitted to the USCIS several months earlier). After she left the US, she email me and assured me she filed an I-407 and sent me a copy of the receipt from USCIS. I just found out that she may have returned to the US two months ago. I suspect she has filed a fraudulent I-864 for support. It was my understanding that after she filed an I-407, my obligations under the original I-864 were void. Of course there is the possibility she never filed the I-407 as well. In either case, could you tell me where to send my withdrawal letter and if I should include documentation to support the prior fraud committed? I am in Boston and it seems I would send this withdrawal form to the Vermont location, but I also saw a Chicago address listed for this type of form. Thank you for any help you can offer.
  25. Hi all, We are just about ready to submit the I-864 and supporting documents, but I'm stuck on one issue, how to handle employment that I have now but will be ending due to our move to the US. Basics: Married to a Japanese national, currently living in Japan, IR-1 visa application, currently self-employed but ending in March 2021, all income in local currency (JPY), file US taxes every year, $0.00 as my total income due to Foreign Tax Exclusion. My I-864 so far: $0.00 in individual annual income (same as what's listed on the 1040 copies I'm submitting), liquid assets from all sources listed in USD. We have a joint sponsor to cover the poverty line income threshold. My question: should I include my current employment information in Page 4 Part 6 Item 4? Or leave all boxes in Page 4 Part 6 Items 1-6 unchecked? My assumption would be that since the name of my self-employment business is listed on my taxes, that I should list it here as well. But I have heard that NVC has thrown a checklist at people who do this and report $0.00 in income (though the reasons for the checklist are unclear), and I have seen advice that says to not even list employment that is not going to continue after the move to the US since in the eyes of NVC such income will not be available to support the intending immigrant and thus, basically doesn't count and could cause confusion, which is a bad thing. But I worry that not including my current self-employment business will trigger a checklist since my taxes and my I-864 form will be different in that small, but potentially significant, way. Advice? To check box 4 or to not check box 4, that is the question on this Christmas Eve... Thanks in advance.
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