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  1. https://www.uscis.gov/green-card/green-card-processes-and-procedures/public-charge/injunction-of-the-inadmissibility-on-public-charge-grounds-final-rule?fbclid=IwAR3kQCxIUBHfRrnqkAHP7IIo1rZV0c2irFw4jx_ukIPZq7IV-SyWke1CaX8 First good news of 2020, as stated in the link attached, for whosever is filing for AOS in these days, is NOT required to fill the I-944 anymore! "As long as the July 29, 2020, SDNY decision is in effect, USCIS will apply the 1999 public charge guidance that was in place before the Public Charge Rule was implemented on Feb. 24, 2020 to the adjudication of any application for adjustment of status on or after July 29, 2020. In addition, USCIS will adjudicate any application or petition for extension of nonimmigrant stay or change of nonimmigrant status on or after July 29, 2020, consistent with regulations in place before the Public Charge Rule was implemented; in other words, we will not apply the public benefit condition. For applications and petitions that USCIS adjudicates on or after July 29, 2020, pursuant to the SDNY injunction, USCIS will not consider any information provided by an applicant or petitioner that relates to the Public Charge Rule, including information provided on the Form I-944, or information on the receipt of public benefits in Part 5 on Form I-539, Part 3 on Form I-539A or Part 6 on Form I-129. Applicants and petitioners whose applications or petitions are postmarked on or after July 29, 2020, should not include the Form I-944 or provide information about the receipt of public benefits on Form I-485, Form I-129, or Form I-539/I-539A."
  2. Hello everyone, I write this post with much frustration. Weeks ago my wife contacted TransUnion and they agreed to send her a letter stating she doesn’t have a credit score (for I-944). 10 days later, the letter misspells her first name. At this point, we are upset but we try calling again to have this fixed and resent. The woman understands our issue and claims to have fixed it. 10 days later, the new letter has her first name misspelled yet again in the same way it was misspelled originally (it’s one of the most common names in the US so this was particularly frustrating). We are at a loss. We can’t keep waiting to send our AOS packet off, it’s making us both go gray! :’( Any advice would be much appreciated. My wife came on a K1 and has a social security number already and has had one for over 6 months. Thanks so soooo much!
  3. All, Just curious to see if anybody is in the same boat as mine for the new form I-944. My wife and me filed our taxes jointly for 2019. The question under the household income is asking for the Gross income for my wife and me. Should I use the individual W2 income which adds up to IRS Tax Return Transcript or put total household income twice? As of now I have put individual incomes from W2. Thank you!
  4. Hello, I’m filling out the paperwork for my wife to adjust from an M-1 Student visa to a Permanent Resident. I’m a US citizen. She has been in the US for almost 3 years with her M-1 visa, and we got married a a little bit before she started school in the US. So far all the other forms have been more or less straight forward, but this new I-944 is a real headache! I’ve got a few questions about the I-944: 1. In part 3, the household incomes. We have filed our taxes jointly (she has an ITIN, but she is not allowed to work). Where it asks for Total income from tax return do we put what was on our joint tax return twice? Or should I put $0 wages for her, and my wages on mine? 2. Since she doesn’t have a SSN, I can’t get a credit report for her. She is an authorized user on a few credit cards of mine, but none of the websites that give credit reports let me continue without a SSN (I tried with her ITIN, but none of them can find the right person). What do I do for that? Should I include my (spouse’s) credit report? 3. She currently does not have health insurance. My plan is to get her health insurance this year when enrolment opens in June through my work. For Part 3, 15. D should I put I will enrol soon? 4. I understand having to translate high school/university diplomas, but is it really necessary to have to pay someone to evaluate them? I guess this is probably a dumb question, but it seems excessive. 5. The part where it asks about her skills with English. She had to take English classes during university, but there was no specific certification. Would I put like “6 semesters of English”?
  5. I was super annoyed at how the AOS application asks for this particular form of income-proof, but if you couldn't successfully verify your identity through the IRS website, then you were completely out of luck as the IRS mail & phone order systems were dead due to COVID. I've been checking the IRS Tax Transcript website every day to see when you can order IRS Tax Transcripts (for I-944 purposes...) through a non-online method and sometime in the last 48 hours it all opened up again! There is less info required to order by phone/mail relative to online orders, so if online isn't working for you, then give these methods a shot. To order by phone, call the automated system at (800) 908-9946. This is super easy and apparently faster than the mail method. Estimated time to get transcripts is 5 - 10 days You'll need the following info to do so: Your SSN The numbers of your most address on file with the IRS (i.e. if I lived at 123 Main St., I'd need to submit "123") The tax years you'd like transcripts from To order by mail, you can hit the "Get Transcript By Mail" button on this website, or fill out and mail in Form 4506-T-EZ to the appropriate IRS office. Estimated time to get transcript is a few weeks(?) You'll need the following info for either method: Your SSN Your most recent address on file with the IRS Your date of birth (only for the online method?) Your phone number (only for the print out version?) I already submitted my application w/o transcripts (substituting in other documents instead and including a letter explaining the situation) but ordered all my transcripts over the phone just now in case of a future RFE. Hope this helps someone stuck in a similar situation!
  6. Hey everyone, Hope everyone is safe and well. So I recently moved to the USA on a K1 visa a month ago, and I am currently sorting out paper work for the AOS, so in other words the i-485, i-944 and other required forms to submit. For part 3 of the I-944, it asks: 11. Do you have a U.S. credit report? 12. Do you have a U.S. credit score? I've gone online and called Annual Credit Score, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion (over 2 hours on hold!) to try to receive a credit score/report, but they require a Social Security Number (SSN). Unfortunately, I don't have a SSN and the SSA offices closed the day after I arrived - so I am unable to obtain one. I do have a credit card here as an authorized user of my wife's account, so I will start to build up a credit history, though it may be too recent to show up anyway. TDLR; Basically, does anyone have any suggestions on how to display evidence for the I-944 of not being able to obtain a credit report? I saw a similar post to this (click here), and feel we aren't the only ones in this situation. The best we've been able to think of is screenshots of websites of errors on credit reporters when applying, and the closure of SSA offices - and/or providing a notarized affidavit explaining the situation (but this may be tricky, given the need for witnesses and evidence). I even asked the credit reporters about being to provide a letter on their behalf, to state that I am unable to get a credit report. The best I got was a 'shaky maybe' from Equifax, if I write to them with evidence of identification - but this won't come for approximately 30 working days. Ideally though, we want to be sending the AOS forms off ASAP, and want to make this application 'watertight'. Any thoughts and help would be much appreciated - thanks!
  7. Hello, I am a US citizen trying to file for a marriage-based green card with my (non-US citizen) spouse who currently is residing within the USA. We have no dependents. We have completed the "full I-130 package", and the "full I-485 package" EXCEPT for one single item: my IRS tax transcripts required for the hellish I-944 supporting document requirements (a subset of the I-485 package). My spouse successfully used the online IRS website to instantly get her tax transcripts. However, this website has so far been a dead end for me. The reason? In order for the IRS to verify my identity and order the transcripts instantly through their online website, I must to provide one of the following identifiers: The last 8 digits of one of my credit cards (which is NOT an American Express card) A student loan account number An auto loan account number A mortgage or home equity loan account number A home equity line of credit account number The problem? I do not have ANY of these. I have never taken out a loan or mortgage at any point in my life, and my one credit card that I've used all my life is an Amex, which they do not recognize for some reason. So it looks like the instant IRS transcript access is off the table, what other options are present? I can fill out and mail Form 4506-T to an IRS office and have them mail me back the forms in 3-5 weeks, which is a painfully long delay for my entire green card application process. EXCEPT, according to the IRS helpline, the IRS offices which process these are closed due to COVID-19, so even if I send it, who knows how incredibly long it will take to get back to me. I filled out an application and mailed it last week, but don't expect to see anything come from it anytime soon, especially with how there has been a recent uptick in COVID-19. I can call the IRS Transcript Order phone line [800-908-9946] and place an order over the phone for my IRS tax transcripts, which would then take 7-10 days to be mailed to me (an annoying, but tolerable delay in my application) EXCEPT, if anyone calls this number, you'll see that it does not work! Presumably due to COVID-19, the phone order system is just unusable -- and, again, who knows how long it will remain that way?? Currently I have included my last 3 years of 1040 tax return forms, in my I-485 application as a sort of substitute for the tax transcripts even though I know that the transcripts are what they are asking for. I do know that this is not what they want in the application. ****************************** I really, really want to get this application submitted as soon as possible as my spouse and I really need her to obtain employment authorization + ability to travel back to her home country as soon as possible. So, here are my main questions: Is anyone else stuck in a similar situation? How are you handling it? Could I ... (1) mail in my I-130 package by itself, and then mail in my I-485 package later once I get my transcripts? (2) mail in BOTH my I-130 and I-485 packages with an explanation in my cover letters stating my current situation and stating that I will mail them my IRS tax transcripts as soon as it is possible for me to actually do so? Side Question: Is online I-130/I-485 package filing a thing? Is it smarter to file online given all the COVID business? It would save me some $$$ for shipping since the I-944 supporting documents make the application into a huge pile of papers... In the hopes of being able to get my transcripts online, I ordered a new VISA credit card from my bank which arrived today. I activated it and used it to purchase one thing, but when I tried to use it to get through the IRS website it (unsurprisingly) did not work. Does anyone know roughly how long it might take the IRS to "recognize" a new credit card? Thank you so much for any help or feedback, --Zach
  8. Hi, I just found this forum and am very grateful! I have many questions. Every time we finish a packet, I find something else we need to do. Just to give some background I am a US citizen by birth and my husband is on the TN visa and we got married in March. So I have a bunch of questions regarding filing the I-130 online. In the online I-130 form it asks for just one photograph. We got the 2x2 passport photos per the I-130 instructions. 1. We are having a problem though, every time we scan them in they look like the background isn't white, which it strictly says on the submission form. Almost ready to throw in the towel and mail it in with all of the other paperwork. Should we just mail in the I-130 with the I-485? 2. For the I-944, it asks for appraisals of owned property. We own a property outright and want to make sure that we are doing this correctly. We have the deed. Is that enough to submit with assets? Or do we need to have the house appraised? 3. For the I-944, do we need to include translation for high school diploma/transcripts? We provided it for the college diploma and transcripts. 4. If I submit the I-130 online, then I would send all of the paperwork via the Chicago lockbox together. My husband's I-485 and I-944 are submitted together? Do I submit everything together separately once we receive notice from USCIS about the I-130 being accepted online? Thank you in advance!!
  9. Hi everyone, I know I-944 is a new form but I have been seeing conflicting information on what is required for this form. For liabilities and debts, USCIS instruction simply say: provide documentation. The link (1) below states that you have to submit 6 months of credit card statements, but other sources (like link 2 below) say that just the most recent statement is needed. Did anyone here submit 6 months of statements? Link 1: https://maggio-kattar.com/form-i-944-affidavit-of-self-sufficiencylist-of-supporting-documents/ Link 2: https://learn.simplecitizen.com/immigration-support/form-i-944-required-supporting-documents/#liabilities-debts For income, USCIS request that tax transcript is submitted. Do you know if just most recent year (2019) is enough or do we need 3 years like suggested in link 1 above? For assets, if my income is enough, should I list all of my assets or just a few is good? Thank you all and best of luck with your application!
  10. Hey everyone! I arrived in the U.S. in the beginning of March on a K1 Visa and I got married before everything closed. Now we’re finally getting ready to send our AOS. My husband graduated in March und should’ve started his first real job in May.. Through the Corona Crisis he couldn’t start in May and probably has to start in late June, early July. My husband works at DoorDash now to at least make some money during that time and we’re not gonna file for unemployment. The mom and dad of my husband are our joint sponsors for the greencard but we don’t live with them and his dad is in our lease for our apartment too. My question now is if I should put his parents in the I-944 too in the household because they still have my husband as a dependent on their tax return and his dad is on our lease or not? If we don’t put him on there our income is too less because my husband only made about $10.000 last year (I made about $40.000 but I don’t know if that really counts because I lived in Germany when I made that money). Sorry for the long text but thank you for all your answers!!
  11. So I got the standard rejection notice, I attached it to this post. I have gone through this and I believed I submitted EVERYTHING. We have a copy of our NOA approval, his visa from his passport and an original Marriage Certificate that shows we got married within the 90 days. The only issue is that we filed after the 90 days. Could that be the issue? Do they want me to file an i-130 now? I also attached a photo of my NOA for reference. Is this the correct NOA? Also, I did research when we were filing it out and saw people saying that K-1 visa applicants don't have an A-number so I left that blank. Now that I'm looking at my NOA again, is that the number next to the beneficiary? We filed a i-485, i-944, i-846 & i-485 and yes, I put the correct designation in i-485 Part 2 -> C. Please help, I've looked this thing over front, back... every which way and I can not figure it out. I saw on another post that someone suggested making an appointment but I doubt they're letting people do that during this pandemic. For reference, I am an American born citizen and my husband is a Canadian Citizen. We live in California. I really appreciate everyone because this process is INSANE!!! Thank you all!!
  12. Hello, I am filing form I-944 for AOS and they want to know if I have graduated high school or not. I have not. ( our school system is different in my country) Where do I put the grade I did and do they want me to name the school? also, do they want proof that I have not graduated?
  13. Hello everyone! My husband and I sent in our AOS application and it was returned back to us because it was missing two forms; I-944 and I-864EZ...I do not understand the process of the I-944...I want to understand very clearly that everything they are asking about is it for the Petitioner (US Citizen) or Beneficiary (Spouse Seeking the GC)...i.e, the credit history, health insurance, use of public benefits etc...I know the form is very new so we are all trying to figure it out but I know some are further along than others. So pls, those who FOR SURE know this form and how to do it pls let me know so we can move forward with our process
  14. In the section 'Credit Report and Score' of i-944, Declaration of Self Sufficiency. Which document should we attach to demonstrate our credit score in the US, in case we don't have SSN yet (because all the credit report agencies require SSN to proceed the step) I'm so lost now. Thank you very much in advance!
  15. My i-130 has been approved in January (marriage - based). Now preparing the files to upload on NVC website. Do I need to submit the i-944 according to the new rule on Public Charge effective from 24 Feb 2020? Or i-944 refers only to USCIS? Thanks
  16. Hello everyone, We just have a question regarding AOS and the Final Public Charge ruling and hopefully somebody can shed light to this. We're in the US and I'm the USC. I have a pending I-130 petition that I sent out back in April 25 2019. We've recently sent out my wife's AOS packet to the Chicago lockbox. Sent via USPS - Aug 31 2019 Received by USCIS - Sept 4 2019 As of today we've received nothing yet from USCIS. Will my wife be required to fill form I-944 after the Final Public Charge Rule takes effect on Oct 15 2019 if she has an RFE? We've made sure to send correctly the necessary documents. So hopefully there'd be no RFE. What do you think?
  17. Hey everyone, I’m freaking out a little right now😶 I will have my K1 Visa Interview in the end of February and plan to move to the US in the end of March. My Fiancé will graduate from college in March too. He’s gonna start working in May and my plan is to file for my Greencard in May too. So now I tried to make a list with all the things in need for my Application and saw the I-944. My Fiancé’s dad is gonna be our joint sponsor on the I-864 but what do we do with the I-944? My Fiancé just starts making “good” money by May so we don’t have much to show as money or assets. Can someone help us what we’re supposed to do or does no one really knows yet how it works?🙈
  18. Hello, I apologize if this has already been brought up. I am a bit of a novice with Visa Journey and having a ton of knowledge on how to properly utilize the search functions with the filters provided. Anyhow, I have been doing a lot of reading and watching informational videos and it seems that not too many people have clarified which form is used. So can someone assist in connecting the dots for me? Is it if the beneficiary still lives abroad and is not in the U.S. we would need to complete the DS-5540 whereas if the beneficiary was residing in the U.S. we would submit an I-944 form? Or are both forms required to be completed in the process? Also, at what stage in the process should either of these forms be completed and are either forms sent concurrently with any other forms? I thank you for taking the time to respond ahead of time.
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