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  1. Aloha, My fiancé and I have our interview coming up in the end of February. He is Australian and I am American. I'm feeling pretty good about our documents, I've been working very hard to make sure we have everything they require and then some. The one thing that is pressing on my mind is that I have not made enough money the past few years to be required to file for taxes and I haven't filed. I feel a bit dumb, but I did not plan ahead for having tax returns to bring with. I read somewhere that I can bring a letter stating that I was not required to file along with my I-134 Affidavit of support and that of my joint sponsor. My joint sponsor is my retired father you gains money from his retirement plan. He has plenty of evidence, tax returns from three years prior, bank statements and proof of his retirement payment each month. My question is, will this be enough evidence to get by? My fear is that my lack of tax returns will be an issue with them. Any constructive advice would be welcome! Thank you!
  2. At what point does NVC need joint sponsor tax info? Initially or only after determining if petitioner makes over or under poverty guidelines? Also, if joint sponsor files toward end of tax season is petitioner forced to wait until able to upload their tax info before moving past NVC stage? Or can it be submitted at embassy stage? TIA
  3. When my husband and I initially filed for his K-1 visa, I had a different work situation and was barely above the income threshold, so we used my dad as a joint sponsor, just in case. Now my income is more than sufficient to sponsor my husband, and I can provide evidence in pay stubbs (but not via taxes, yet). Any advice on filing with or without my previous joint sponsor for the adjustment of status, form I-864? Will the adjustment of status be denied if we do not list the same joint sponsor (when we no longer need one)? Thanks in advance
  4. Hi everyone! I am filling AOS and now in preparing the Affidavit of Support. My Husband is doing part time & internship. His salary didn’t made it to the poverty line. We’ll have his Parents as our joint sponsor. His parents file tax together. Now, I saw this I-864A form and got confused. To confirm, this is the forms I’ll be using: Husband: I-864 Primary Sponsor Dad in law : I-864 Joint Sponsor Mom in law: I-864A household member of joint sponsor Is this correct? For a moment I thought, should I be filling I-864A for both Mom & Dad in laws? Thank you!
  5. I heard the Ghana embassy is giving people a tough time even when they have qualified joint sponsors. Do they accept joint sponsors?
  6. HELP! I have an interview coming up early January 2019 in Dominican Republic. I read somewhere from those who went for their interviews and they advice us to get a joint sponsor just in case, even when income requirement has already been met and accepted by NVC. With the interview already scheduled, how do I decide if I should really get a joint sponsor to be on the safe side? My salary/gross income is roughly US$50,000 a year and our household size is 3 (son, husband/beneficiary and me). Are they basing their AOS/income decision on current gross income per year/recent pay stabs or on the Total Income amount reported on the recent Tax returns? I would prefer not to ask for a joint sponsor cos I know people don't like to have their financial business out there. But I also want to be on the safe side. Please advice. Thanks
  7. Hello everyone, I am having the interview very soon this month and would love some help, guys. My fiance and I wanted to go with her mom as a sponsor since her financial situation is a lot better than ours. Is that what you guy call "joint Sponsor"? Is that some other form to fill or the same i-134? Should my fiance fill the same form even if I'm taking her mom's? Also, what are the extra papers other than the tax return, that I should attach to the Affidavit form? Thank you in advance
  8. I, the petitioning sponsor, am working on Steps 4 and 5 of my wife's IR-1 visa application process. The earnings from my current part-time job in Japan plus my wife and my combined assets may put us over the required 25% above the poverty line (125% of poverty). But to be safe, my mother (who files taxes jointly with my father), will be the only joint sponsor. Also, my father sent me a signed letter on his business letterhead saying there's a full-time position paying $15/hr. effective when I make landfall in the US. My question is, how should my mother calculate her earnings for 2017? -Simply add together line 1 from both of her W-2 forms [...which wouldn't show their earnings from real estate sales from their other business.(Yes, I know; real estate holdings must be proven with further documentation.)]? -Split their adjusted gross income from their 1040? -Other? Thank you for reading! Kind Regards, Itchy
  9. 90 days have been passed after submitting new joint sponsor documents. Although previous one was qualified from nvc but lady officer demanded new joint sponsor documents as the previous sponsor has already sponsored other applicants too . Our case is being updated by embassy but on asking they are replying same answer that your documents have been received and we are looking into it. Does it any chance to denial from them or why they are taking so long time. Medical is going to be expired in next week
  10. I’m hoping someone can give me some advice. I am in the final stages at the NVC for a CR1 visa for my Spouse. I submitted all the documents as of Oct 25th and they finally got to reviewing them yesterday (Nov 2). However, I got an email from CEAC to check my messages. So I logged in to see that they are requesting a document - our joint sponsors proof of citizenship. I already uploaded a good quality copy of the biographical page which is required. So I’m don’t know why they are asking for that. Everything else has been accepted. Moreover, there’s no error code or message next to the document they are asking to replace or upload so I don’t even know it there is an issue. I called NVC twice and both operators new nothing. One asked me to add a note to the file I already uploaded. Which after hanging up and trying I realized I can not do since I’ve already submitted. They both had no idea why they never even looked at the passport. 😕 The second operator said she could refer me to a supervisor to review but that might take an additional 6 weeks! Or she said I can upload the passport again and that can take another 3 weeks. Has this happened to anyone? I’m not sure how to proceed. Should I upload the documents again under supporting? I’m afraid to mess anything up.
  11. Hi everyone, I am struggling to get this figured out 100%. We got an RFE for I-864 (wife didn't make the poverty guidelines for some strange reason) and have decided to use my wife's mother as a joint sponsor, she files as married filing jointly, her husband (my FIL) is retired and earns roughly $6.8k in SS benefits and $500 in dividends/year as indicated on their 2017 tax transcripts. My MIL makes about $57k in wages currently as per her recent pay stubs. Okay so I know she has to fill out I-864 form but this where I get stuck: Do we include FIL SS benefits and add him to the household income even though she makes more than enough without it? Her household size = 4 (herself, husband, son, and me). I understand its better to include an I-864A for joint tax filers since it demonstrates consent from the spouse, but I really do not want to bother him further to provide evidence of his SS benefits, he is not well. Are the taxable SS benefits listed on their tax transcripts acceptable if we go this route or must we provide further evidence? I also understand if you provide transcripts, you must not submit W2's since they are joint tax filers and are both consenting through the I-864A. alternatively Do we we only include her (MIL/joint sponsor) current annual income as the household income, provide tax transcripts and W2's and recent pay stubs.(Does this have to be 6 months worth? She gets paid weekly, that's a lot of pages) Additionally I could then just fill out a I-864A for FIL, put 0 for current annual income on his form and hers , this might satisfy IO's concern for consent and avoid having to get SS benefit documents? I am aware no matter what we do, since they are joint tax filers, you always fill in the exact figure of line 22 on 1040 for Part 6, line 24a on the I-864 form. 1 last question, I honestly believe the RFE was unnecessary and the IO didn't examine my wife's petition thoroughly, he/she probably just saw no taxes filed for 2017 and sent RFE immediately. She did not file because she did not earn any income whatsoever during that year. We explained this in a letter, also that she started working again in April '18 and based on her salary would meet the poverty guidelines by 4 x, we provided pay stubs, employment letter. Since submitting original application she has taken on a new job with even better pay, she has recently filed for 2017 even though the figures were zero. Now would it be advisable to include an updated I-864 for her reflecting her new pay stubs and/or job letter, tick the yes box asking "have you filed for the 3 most recent tax years" and just put a zero for the 2017 amount and additionally submit her mother as a joint sponsor, in case they for some reason don't bite based on her application alone? Phew what a mouthful, sorry about that just don't want to get denied and so many ways to go wrong with this stuff. Happy Halloween folks.
  12. Hi everyone, I am struggling to get this figured out 100%. We got an RFE for I-864 (wife didn't make the poverty guidelines for some strange reason) and have decided to use my wife's mother as a joint sponsor, she files as married filing jointly, her husband (my FIL) is retired and earns roughly $6.8k in SS benefits and $500 in dividends/year as indicated on their 2017 tax transcripts. My MIL makes about $57k in wages currently as per her recent pay stubs. Okay so I know she has to fill out I-864 form but this where I get stuck: Do we include FIL SS benefits and add him to the household income even though she makes more than enough without it? Her household size = 4 (herself, husband, son, and me). I understand its better to include an I-864A for joint tax filers since it demonstrates consent from the spouse, but I really do not want to bother him further to provide evidence of his SS benefits, he is not well. Are the taxable SS benefits listed on their tax transcripts acceptable if we go this route or must we provide further evidence? I also understand if you provide transcripts, you must not submit W2's since they are joint tax filers and are both consenting through the I-864A. alternatively Do we we only include her (MIL/joint sponsor) current annual income as the household income, provide tax transcripts and W2's and recent pay stubs.(Does this have to be 6 months worth? She gets paid weekly, that's a lot of pages) Additionally I could then just fill out a I-864A for FIL, put 0 for current annual income on his form and hers , this might satisfy IO's concern for consent and avoid having to get SS benefit documents? I am aware no matter what we do, since they are joint tax filers, you always fill in the exact figure of line 22 on 1040 for Part 6, line 24a on the I-864 form. 1 last question, I honestly believe the RFE was unnecessary and the IO didn't examine my wife's petition thoroughly, he/she probably just saw no taxes filed for 2017 and sent RFE immediately. She did not file because she did not earn any income whatsoever during that year. We explained this in a letter, also that she started working again in April '18 and based on her salary would meet the poverty guidelines by 4 x, we provided pay stubs, employment letter. Since submitting original application she has taken on a new job with even better pay, she has recently filed for 2017 even though the figures were zero. Now would it be advisable to include an updated I-864 for her reflecting her new pay stubs and/or job letter, tick the yes box asking "have you filed for the 3 most recent tax years" and just put a zero for the 2017 amount and additionally submit her mother as a joint sponsor, in case they for some reason don't bite based on her application alone? Phew what a mouthful, sorry about that just don't want to get denied and so many ways to go wrong with this stuff. Happy Halloween folks.
  13. 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!
  14. I am applying for adjustment of status through marriage. I am currently allowed to work and stay in the US through DACA. I make enough to be considered 125% above the poverty guidelines. I know the I-864 form has to be filled out by my spouse, but there is a section where the sponsor, whether it be my spouse or a joint sponsor, can take my income into account to meet the guidelines. So I'm wondering if I really need a joint sponsor or if my spouse can file as my sole sponsor and then just take my current income into account?
  15. Dear fellow visa journey friends, I have to use a joint sponsor because my permanent job is seasonal ($12k/year for 3 months of work). I'm worried about ONLY showing $12k even though we're using a joint sponsor because I fear it'll just look bad. So I've decided to stay in the US until the end of the year to pick up as much temporary work as I can. (I normally just go to India and spend time with my husband, and my seasonal job has been enough money all of these years.) So my question is, will it look worse for me to scramble and get two minimum wage part time jobs before the year is over? And does any of this matter if we're applying with a joint sponsor? THANK YOU SO MUCH for your time. *I also do freelance graphic design, website and video work ($4k this year)
  16. My American wife filed an i130 petition for me The case is at the NVC now and requesting i846 the affidavit of support. My wife has a problem in the domicile and income Can we use a joint sponsor in this case? or the petitioner MUST be the sponsor? Can the joint sponsor be my brother-in-law who fulfills the domicile and income conditions? Thank you for your help.
  17. Today June 13 MY HUSBAND HAD THE INTERVIEW THEY REFUSE THE VISA WITH 221 G FORM AND TOLD HIM TO GET A NEW JOINT SPONSER AND UPLOAD THE DOCUMENTS ON CEAC.STATE.GOV WEBSITE BUT IF WE TRY TO ADD THE NEW DOCUMENTS TO THE WEBSITE THEY ARE GETTING UPLOADED ON THE BEHALF OF THE PREVIOUS JOINT SPONSER (REJECTED ONE) I NEED HELP ON HOW TO ADD THE NEW JOINT SPONSOR SO I CAN UPLOAD THE DOCUMENTS ON HIS BEHALF
  18. I know that there is a lot of information about I-864 available on the internet, but most of it is general and might not pertain, or be relevant, to our situation. For this reason, I am making this thread to get some help from anyone who can, based on our specific situation, which is as follows: My wife and I live in Canada, She is a US citizen who moved to Canada 4 years ago and is now a PR here, soon to be a citizen. When we move back to the US, she will obviously resign from her job here and therefore, will not have any income to show to prove that she can support us when we move there. We understand that we will need a joint sponsor, which in this case is her dad. We are both moving to live on their property, which they are renting to us. My questions are the following: 1. Which I-864 forms do we need to fill out for my wife and her dad? Is it I-864 or I-864A or I-864 EZ? 2. The instructions are not very clear, as they contradict each other, about what supporting financial documents to submit. At one spot they say to submit IRS transcripts, and at another they say to submit 3 year tax returns. Which is it? And for how many years? 3. My father-in-law has enough income that is way above the 125% of the poverty line. What documents (financial and otherwise) does he need to submit? 4. My mother-in-law also works....does she need to fill out an I-864 as well or will my father-in-law suffice? Does she need to submit anything at all? 5. Does my father-in-law need to add his wife's income or information on to his I-864? 6. My wife has filed taxes in the US for all the years that she has been in Canada. Does she need to submit 3 years of IRS transcripts or 3 years of tax returns? For tax returns they also need W-2 and Form 1099, which she will obviously not have (since she doesn't work in the US). So what does she need to submit? My in-laws are coming to see us here in Calgary this year. I want to get answers to these so they can bring whatever documents they need to submit, with them. Thank you all.
  19. Hello I am a September filer and I'm assuming we will be getting our NOA2 in the next month - to month and a half. I'm currently in the UK with my fiancee therefore I can't earn any income as of right now (but by AOS I will definitely be earning my own income). I'm going to ask my mom to get the I-134 started so I know we will get it in good timing. What documents are needed for the London interview exactly? I've read that tax transcripts and letter of employment are good enough but is there anything else I could ask for just in case? Also will I only need a birth certificate for proof of citizenship? And I've read that London are very accepting of co-sponsors, is that correct? Thank you
  20. Hi everyone, I'm currently gathering information for my RFIE response using a joint sponsor. I was wondering if anyone could look over my list of evidence and tell me if I'm missing anything: completed and signed I-864 joint sponsor's W2s joint sponsor's 1040a 2017 tax return joint sponsor's employment letter joint sponsor's paystubs for last 6 months copy of joint sponsor's U.S. birth certificate Am I missing anything? I wanted to get a copy of their 2017 tax transcript but as always the IRS website is having issues. She requested a copy in the mail so we are waiting for that while she tries to get it online at least once a day. I have until September 23rd to submit. Thanks in advance!
  21. Hi guys. I am currently in the process of completing my AOS (I-184) and have a few questions. Some background: I am a US citizen living in the UK (for the last 2 yrs and Ireland for the 2.5 yrs prior to that). I am planning on using a joint sponsor for my AOS. Questions: Can I include my UK financial details (earnings and savings in the UK) on the form, or am I required to only provide details of current US savings? I will be transferring some of the money to the US, but that will not happen until closer to the time that we move. Am I required to complete both forms I-184 AND I-184a? Is my joint sponsor required to complete both forms I-184 AND I-184a? Many thanks in advance!
  22. My potential joint sponsor is working on an I-134 now for my fiancee’s visa and has some questions: Is she supposed to say that she has not submitted a visa petition for anyone? (#26a-c) Should she check that she does not intend to make contributions for my fiancee’s support? (#38) Or should she do what the sample says, check neither box, and mention something like "(description of me) is filing I-129F for his fiancee"? Her income is several times FPL, so I’m not going to have her list assets. (Or should I?) Proving assets is an awful lot of work, would take longer than we have to prepare (since the wedding date is already scheduled), and would add a lot of weight to an already quite expensive package to send to Australia. Another thing I'm wondering longer-term: while this person doesn't plan to ever retire, would needing to retire (e.g. because of her employers or unforeseen medical reasons) affect her ability to do the sponsorship using just income? I am self-employed, had a low-income year both last year and this, and had to print off a lot of bank and retirement account statements to prove my assets. I’m trying to sponsor my fiancee myself based on my assets, but the joint sponsor is a backup plan. I am also actively interviewing for new jobs that could pay U.S. $100k+ per year.
  23. Hello everyone, I am the Petitioner, filling out the I-864 now. Here's a little background info: 1. Because I live abroad (due to my wife's requirement to fulfill a J1 two-year-home-residence-requirement) my current income is listed as $0. 2. I do have sufficient assets (from US stocks) but am hesitant to provide the documents as they have account numbers that I don't want additional people to have access to. 3. I already have a joint sponsor as I was not initially aware that my assets might be enough even without any US income. Their application is already complete and ready to go. 4. I read this online talking about common mistakes on I-864: "Whenever the petitioning sponsor requires a joint sponsor, however, his or her income becomes irrelevant. In other words, the petitioning sponsor, while still required to submit an I-864, is not able to sponsor any of the intending immigrants." My question is this: If I just go ahead and use a joint sponsor, do I need to provide my asset information? Can I leave it blank or write "not applicable"? Will it negatively affect the approval in any way if I have zero income and zero assets but am not the sponsor? Thank you so much in advance for any help anyone can give me. It's been a confusing process and this website has been incredibly helpful for my wife and I!
  24. Hello! I have done a lot of research but I cannot clear up the confusion I have about household sizes for the I-864. Since I am currently living abroad I needed a joint sponsor in order to meet the financial requirements for my husband (the beneficiary). The joint sponsor is my sister's husband. Her husband will fill out the I-864 and my sister will fill out the I-864A. The husband has one child under 21 who lives with them. My sister has three children with her ex husband, they all live with the ex husband, she does not claim them on taxes, and one child is 21. So if I am understanding this right, the household would be: Joint sponsor Beneficiary Joint sponsor's son Sister Total=4 Am I correct in assuming the my sister's two children under the age of 21 are not counted as dependents/household members of the joint sponsor because they are step-children, are not claimed on his taxes, and he does not financially support them? Any help is deeply appreciated. Thank you!
  25. Hey, I was wondering if the joint sponsor needs to submit any other documents besides the I-864? If so, what are they?
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