Immigration Issues/joint sponsor questions
Thank you so much for your time. I filed an I-130 for my father who lives in Mexico. I became a citizen last year. I was told I needed to fill out a Affidavit of Support. My wife and I are short the $1,000 less than the 125% of the poverty guidelines for our household. My father-in-law would be willing to be a joint sponsor. The problem is that he has been retired for many years and did not file income taxes last year. Would that be a problem and what other paper work would he need to provide?
You may fulfill the requirement by showing monies in your bank accounts and value of properties including, Car, Personal properties, Real-estate, etc; if however, you still fall short then a family member or a friend may join you as the joint sponsor.
Here, the joint sponsor must fulfill all the requirements of an affidavit of support. Non-filing of taxes would be a problem even though the income level is good enough - he may file the taxes now, though. You may check the requirement on the instruction sheet of Affidavit of Support (form I-864) at USCIS.GOV.
Also, please note - it is not only the Affidavit of Support but complete packet (packet 3 and 4) with fee to be submitted to NVC for processing.
I recommend that you consult and/or hire an immigration attorney to provide on-going support as you may need an expert's and/or professional's help and advise to properly file the case without any problems.
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