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  1. Hello, Well I had a feeling this would happen. They did not accept all the money I have received as a veteran so I am having to get a co-sponsor. I received an RFE asking for my latest tax return. I filed the petition in January and submitted my 2017 tax return, my 2016 and 2015 returns as well as an employer letter and pay stubs. So my guess is they want my 2018 return. Thank God I have filed it already. Here is the problem: I have a co-sponsor who made 54,000 dollars last year. He supports my sister, and their child. He has 2 sons from a previous marriage and they do not live with him he gets them on weekends every two weeks, and he did not include them as dependents because his ex wife has for 2018. He has included my sister, my niece and his brother's teenage daughter who lives with them. My father lives with them and he supports himself. He has one other individual who also lives their and supports himself. So based on this information his household size would include my sister, my niece, his niece, and my husband. Does he also include himself in the household size? That is not made clear on the instructions from what I read. Also, he has his 2018 tax return, his 2017 tax return but NOT his 2016. He cannot find his 2016 return and does not remember where he filed it. He will be able to answer how much he made in 2016 because he has easy access to his W2's and he had no other income other than his job. He has a letter from his employer and 6 months worth of pay stubs. Based on this information I have provided is it absolutely necessary to send the previous year's return? If we cannot locate the 2016 return is it even worth it to send the 2017 return? He cannot access his TAX TRANSCRIPTS due to an issue with IRS.gov requiring a CREDIT card to verify identity. So we are sending returns and that is also what the RFE states it wants specifically is returns not transcripts. Also he recently paid off his home and has 15 acres of land. Any clue how to prove that in assets? Last question unrelated to the RFE, How does one find out what service center the EAD went to? we filed in January and he got biometrics on February the 10th. No other updates have been provided. P.S I know I need to update my timeline I've been busy I'll get to it Thank you for your help! -Meggan and Joseph
  2. Hi All, Hope things are going well. We are in the process of starting the NVC process having received the case number last week. For the I864a - the HH member's Passport expires March 2019 (they cant find their BC). They are of course going to renew it as soon as possible, but IF we had to upload their current passport copy - would that be ok or a strict no no? Thanks and all the best to everyone eMMo
  3. Hello All. Anyone here applied for Ir1/CR1 from Myanmar (Burma). If not - would someone else have an answer for the below - The embassy website for Myanmar asks for W2s/1040 with the i864, for the petitioner and I am assuming any joint sponsor. It does NOT mention - that IRS tax transcripts are preferred or acceptable too. So should we just provide only what is requested or add the transcripts nevertheless? In addition they also ask for - Bank Balance - would that be for both petitioner and joint sponsor? Thanks all, have a good Sunday. eMMo
  4. Hi, sorry I'm sure there are threads already asking this question but I was unable to find any pertaining to Morocco specifically. Is anyone with a spouse from Morocco able to tell me if they were able to submit all documents online during the NVC stage, even the I-864? Did you have to mail anything to NVC? I can't seem to find a clear answer on this. I'm still waiting for a case number so I can start paying the fees. Thank you.
  5. Hi, My mother in law is bringing her son into the USA via i130. She is now in the process of filling out the i864 with a joint sponsor. The question is, can the 2017 taxes be used since the 2018 taxes haven't been done be either.
  6. yesuba1


    IR2 Child under 18 and will become a citizenship once in the US since mother is naturalized. The question is, on the the first page of i864W, question #10 states "U.S. Social Security Number (Required)" Child does not have a US SSN and I cannot put N/A since it says required, what do I do? This is the most up to date form on the USCIS website. https://www.uscis.gov/i-864w
  7. Hi All, I(US Citizen) have recently got I130 (NOV 2018) approved for my spouse(india).. fast forward to the step of filling out AOS I 864 under IR 1 category. I was a full time student for past couple while worked part time...same goes for my intended joint sponsor My Income for last three years and est. for this year as listed (Have all the pay stubs and tax returns and bank statements to support this) Household size: 2 2015: $3300 2016: $19300 2017: $23100 (this exceeds 125% poverty level number but the previous year numbers do not) current: $34000 savings account balance : around 40k I do have joint sponsor if needed..JOINT sponsor (US Citizen) income details as listed Household size: 2 (including the sponsored person) 2015: $17400 2016: $20700 2017: $56000 Current: $65000 savings account balance : around 50K we are trying to determine if I could qualify without having joint sponsor or not.. if i do need joint sponsor..does the joint sponsor satisfies the requirement by the provided numbers? It comes down to the question that we didn't make enough in previous years when we are full time students but we make enough now to satisfy the 125% poverty line limits.. Thanks!
  8. Called the NVC today and they informed me that I have two checklists related to household size, one on my own i864 and one on my monther's (she's joint sponsor). Stupidly, I didn't make a copy of a my filled-out i864, so I don't know what I put there and the NVC couldn't tell me. But I am sponsoring my wife's visa, and we have a child together who is a US citizen. I was well aware of the fact that I didn't need to put my wife twice (so I didn't put her again in the spousal box, since I had already put her in the box from section 3), so the household size at the end would be 3. I simply can't fathom how I would have put anything else, though I am not sure. But the correct answer for my family would be three, correct? (Me, my wife and our child). In the joint sponsor's case, my mother put down a household of two (her and my father), but didn't include my wife (the immigrant she is joint sponsoring) in the final tally for the household size. Should she include my wife as part of her household simply because she is sponsoring her, even though my wife is never going to actually live with her? That would mean she puts a household size of three and not two. Thanks in advance, I think this section of the I864 could be written a lot more clearly.
  9. Hi all, I submitted my packet to USCIS Guangzhou on September 14th for Direct Consular Filing. We have not heard anything back yet (they said wait 60 days before contacting them), but I fully expect to get a request for the I-864 Affidavit of Support. I'm trying to get a jump on it so it's ready to go when we get the request. My income here in China is above the poverty line for a household of 2 (it's a pretty low bar to clear, tbh). Despite that fact, I would like to have my mom joint sponsor because I am working in China, which means that to move to the US I'd have to look for work and will be unemployed for a little while. I'm having trouble finding guides and help for how to fill this in with a joint sponsor, so here are my main questions: 1. My mom and I both need to submit an I-864, right? I would would be the principal sponsor and she would be the joint sponsor. 2. Do I need to combine mine and my mother's income on the form, or keep them separate? 3. Do I need to count my mom as part of my household if she is a joint sponsor? 4. Does my wife need to fill in her assets on both forms? 5. Are there any forms that need to be filled in with the I-864? Thanks!
  10. I know that we must submit at least a copy of last years tax returns but the 2 previous years are optional. I understand that we need to input our income from the last 3 years in 24.a, b., and c. even if we are not submitting all three years of tax returns. What I do not understand though is if it is REQUIRED to submit the W2's from all three years that we have reported in 24.a, b, and c.? I am submitting the W2's from the most previous year but do I have to submit W2's for all three years? If yes, can some one show me the proof in the I-864 instructions as to where it says all three are required?
  11. Question for the I864 For those of you who sent an IRS Transcript in lieu of a photocopy of the actual Income Tax Return, did you send a photocopy of the transcript or an actual transcript? The instructions are a little confusing in that it says you must send either an IRS Transcript or a photocopy of the Income Tax Return. It doesn't say that a photocopy of the IRS Transcript is acceptable but it also doesnt say it must be an original either....it goes on to say... "You are not required to have the IRS certify the transcript or photocopy unless specifically instructed to do so by a Government official; a plain transcript or photocopy is acceptable."...and by photocopy it seems it is referring to the Income Tax Return photocopy.  Still doesn't say if a photocopy of the Transcript is fine for the application and save the original for the interview...kind of worried because I'll have to request a third one this year if I submit this original.... I know they say always submit a photocopy rather than an original BUT you would think they would have stated an IRS Transcript and included the word "photocopy" like when they did so when stating "photocopy of Income Tax Return". Advice?
  12. Hi all, I am a USC, filed I-130 for my wife and soon will be filing I-864 to NVC. Question: what exactly do they want to see as my income so I can meet requirements? Do they want to see all money that I earned or they want to see IRS transcripts only? THe thing is that in 2016 I made more than enough (70K+) and I have my W-2 from my employer. I do not own IRS anything because taxes were already cut off from my checks. By circumstances, I won't be able to file 1040 for 2016 to IRS before I send my I-864, so I won't have tax return transcript while mailing I-864 to the NVC, so I can only show W-2 for 2016. It makes no sense to show 2015 because I did not work that much to make enough that year. So, can I show just W-2 and my explanation letter that I don't owe anything to IRS so I will file my taxes later and thus there's no tax return transcript for 2016? Or I MUST 100% show tax return transcript for 2016? After all, is it correct that they need to know how much I made? Is W-2 enough for them? Please clarify. I've read I-864 instuctions but it's not that clear there to be 100% sure. Thanks!
  13. Hello fellow vjers, My fiance and I just got married recently with a K1 visa and we are now starting our AOS. He wanted to have my last name. We went to SSA and was told that changing last name can be done when filing AOS. We are now filling out the i-485 (AOS form) and we are confused as to what last name we will indicate on the form. We put my last name as his CURRENT LEGAL NAME and his original last name as OTHER NAMES USED. Is this correct? Of course, our marriage certificate will confirm the change of last name which we will send as well. One more thing, on i-864 (Affidavit of support), there's no options for current last name and other names used. Do we put my last name already or his original last name? We were told that we should still use his last name on i-864 because that's the last name he used when he entered the US. It is confusing though and we don't want our papers to be inconsistent with all the information needed. I appreciate all the answers that we can get. Thank you all.
  14. Hi VJ, Hope everyone is doing good. We are waiting on the NOA2 but getting started on I864 process if all goes well. We got some answers, but a couple of points have been a slight head-scratcher Background - - My Father in Law will be our joint sponsor. He files the taxes jointly with my Mother in Law. He is a lawyer and she is retired so gets pension - The last 3 years combined income has been 2017 - 90,000, 2016 – 70,000, 2015 – 60,000 - We have got both tax returns and account transcripts – but we have asked for Tax Return Transcripts Question 1 Option 1 - If we only use my FIL’s income, do we have to show ONLY HIS Income in Part 6/Question 7. - My MIL will still file the i864A – should then her details be mentioned in Part 6/Question 8 as person from the same household even if we don’t count her income? Option 2 - We use both of them as Joint Sponsor and Income from Household member. Then fill the respective forms. - Do we still have to show the split incomes? I think the answer is obvious, but just wanted to check which would be the better option? Question 2 - If my wife fills the I864/and the I864A on behalf of my in-laws, can she fill part 10 (Person Preparing the affidavit) for both of them? - And can they then just sign and send us the scanned copy of the signature page with their signatures vs requiring ‘wet signatures’ Question 3 - My wife’s last 3 years tax returns state married but filing separate, but the transcripts only say this for 2015 and 16, and say filing Single on the 2017 Transcript – can we submit or would that be a problem? Question 4 - We got tax account transcripts instead of tax return transcripts – would that suffice or we should still ask for Tax Return Transcripts? Hope the above make sense, and sorry for the lengthy post. As always thank you everyone for helping out. Have a good one. emmo
  15. Can an intending immigrant add their income from OPT/STEM OPT for I-864 purposes if their US citizen spouse does not meet the 125% of poverty guideline? I graduated from college in a STEM major, and I currently work under STEM OPT, and my income is a few times more than 125% of poverty guideline. On the other hand, my US spouse does not make enough. We hired a lawyer and he said I can use my income from STEM OPT for I-864 purposes (and hence we do not need to find a joint sponsor), and we submitted my pay stub and an employment letter from my boss and my HR stating that I have been working for them AND that there is no foreseeable layoff or termination of my employment. We did not get any RFE, and we got our interview date. Now, one of my friends who is familiar with immigration law told me that OPT's income cannot be used for I-864 purposes because it is not a permanent position. Like, OPT means you work with an EAD which has a clear expiration, and therefore it doesn't follow the rule of I-864 instruction "The income continues from the same source". I did some research on my own using some famous lawyer forum websites, and immigration forums like VisaJourney, ***removed*** etc.. and it seems like some say OPT's or STEM OPT's income can be used, and others say it cannot be used. I am very confused. Can anyone tell me what is true? Does it mean an automatic rejection on my AOS application if my STEM OPT's income cannot be used? Is there anyone who was able to use their income from OPT/STEM OPT for I-864 purposes, or do you know anyone who did that? Approved? Rejected?
  16. rickster26ter


    Hi! We need some help! Additional information: 1. Petitioner is me, USC 2. Beneficiary is my spouse As you can see in the photos attached (I-864 affidavit of support form) part 3 no.29 tells you to enter the total number of immigrants you are sponsoring on this affidavit. In our case I enter “1.” Determining the household size: On part 5 no.1 I am told to enter the number of persons I am sponsoring on this affidavit, which is the same as part 3 no.9, so I enter = “1” Now this is where the confusion starts: part 5 no.2 yourself = “1” (I am part of the household) part 5 no.3 says if you are currently married enter ‘1’ for your spouse = so I enter “1” part 5 no.8 tells me to add together part 5 nos.1-7 so I put = “3” there’s a specific instruction that YOU CANNOT COUNT ANY MEMBER OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD MORE THAN ONCE, so my question is: is my household size “3” instead of “2”? My spouse is also the intending immigrant so it only makes sense that my household size is 2, me and my spouse. But the instructions tell me to add together everything. PLEASE SHED SOME LIGHT ON THIS MATTER!!! THANK YOU!!!
  17. I am in the process of gathering documents for NVC. When I go to the IRS Website to order Tax transcripts it gives me the option for a paper copy in the mail or a second option of having them e-mail. Of course by e-mail would be quicker and easier, I could just print and submit. I just want to make sure that theres no difference and NVC will still accept the printed e-mail versions. Thanks guys!
  18. Hello,What to put for household size on I-864, Part 5, if beneficiary is spouse. Thank you
  19. Sorry if this is explained clearly in a guide somewhere - I tried to search but didn't come up with anything. My partner received the NOA2 for her i130 for me (dated 2nd July 2018) at the beginning of the month. We're really happy and are looking forward to the next steps, and she is calling the NVC regularly to see if we can get my case number soon. We're trying to streamline the process as much as possible, and as such I've been researching the things I need to prepare for the next steps and doing as much of it as possible now (i.e. getting my non-English birth certificate translated, getting hold of immunisation records from China and the UK, applying for a police certificate). I see the embassy website advising me to bring an I-864 to the visa interview; I wondered if this is this just a filled in and signed form (with supporting evidence), or does it need to be filed and approved with an appropriate body in the US ahead of the actual interview? I mean, it's obviously worthwhile for my partner to start gathering the information required for the form - but could we actually fill it out for real yet? Advice from anyone who has completed the process would be very much appreciated!
  20. I just got off the phone with NVC in regards to my sister in law CR1 Spouse Visa. Her husband is the petitioner, he called last week to NVC to process the DS-261 over the phone, as suggested on VJ to receive IV Invoice a few weeks faster. He was told by NVC agent it would take a week to receive an IV invoice to pay visa fee. I just called today, since it's been almost two weeks and no IV fee has opened. Reading other VJ members, some couples have received an IV the next day after calling NVC to process the DS-261 and others not more than a week. The NVC agent on the phone today thought it was strange also, he placed me on hold twice and I was told he would check for me and that he was still trying to figure out why we haven't been invoiced yet. Then he returned back on the phone, and said the case is on Administrative Processing. I'm not sure what that could be, I haven't sent anything yet for my sister in law, her daughter, and the USC husband. Anyone experienced this before? I'm not sure if this is good thing, or not...
  21. Hi, I'm trying to sponsor my wife in the i-130/i-485 packet and was making sure I was eligible to sponsor and that I'm doing it correctly. I've never filed tax returns, since I was a full time student. But, have since held a full time permanent position (almost four months). Therefore, my supporting documentation is as follows: -Pay stubs from my employer -Job offer letter -Bank account statements showing my balance and direct deposits from my job -Letter from my employer stating that I will be working there for the foreseeable future (in the process of getting this) -Letter stating that I have never filed tax reports due to being a full time student and not earning enough income to meet the filing threshold My main question about all of this.. Do i qualify to sponsor even though I have never submitted a tax return? My annual income is set to be well above 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. And, if I am able to sponsor, will i need a letter of Non-Filing from the IRS? (my parents included me as a dependent in years prior, but will not this year because I will have a steady income)
  22. I got engaged in US last Oct 2017 while I was visiting then re-entered US Feb this year and got married last week (5 months after re-entry). My i 94 will expire Aug and we cannot file same time i 130 and i 485 because my spouse has not filed his taxes for the last 3 years. My questions are: 1. Can we still lodge application after my i 94 expires while we complete documents in US? 2. Can I get deported if I would be out-of-status and my tourist visa valid for the next 3 years be revoked? 3. I have good travel history in US and this is first time just in case. Should I request for extensionof stay for the reason of being spouse and we will lodge application for i 130 and AOS? Thank you.
  23. Damirabouja


    Hello everybody,I would like to know what form I need to fill out i864 because there is many.thanks
  24. Part 3. Information About the Immigrants You Are Sponsoring. I didn't quite understand the question. I'm sponsoring my wife (Beneficiary), I'm US citizen (petitioner and the only sponsor). No kids. Should I check YES on question 1?
  25. Petition approved for F3 category priority date 22nd april 2006. AOS FEES AND DS-260 submitted. civil documents submitted. question arries for sponser. number of immigrants:3 original petitioner is retired & depends only on Social security income. so immigrants need joint sponser. now joint sponser is married couple. they file tax return as married. So male(husband) needs to fill form i-864 and her wife needs to fill form i-864A.?? I am asking because couple who will be the joint sponser is married and file tax return together. if above is correct,in i 864 form i need to select only option 1(d) “i am the only joint sponser” kindly help. thanks.