My mother filed I-130 for my brother who lived overseas. she is a US citizen and has no income and on medcaid, I want to become the joint sponsor for him since I am working and I am single. I don't live with her at same address. (1) Am I still be able to sponsor my brother without being at same physical address as my mother? (2) if yes, should he be considered as member of my household not my mom's ( are we 2 for 125% poverty line or 3 including my mom) ? (3) how my checking account counts toward my eligibility? ( i have 30K for recent year income, 17K for 2nd recent and 5.5K for 3rd recent and 10K in my account).
Yes, you can be a joint sponsor for your brother, assuming you are a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. However, since you don't live with your mother, you will need to meet the income requirements separately and file a separate affidavit of support, not the I-864A form.
Your mother as the petitioner must file an I-864, too. Each of you should count your brother as the "sponsored immigrant" on the I-864, but if you do not live together, then neither you nor your mother should count each other as a household member unless one of you claims the other as a dependent on your tax return.
As you are discovering, the instructions involving the affidavit of support are complex. Errors can delay the processing of the case, and even result in denial of the visa petition on public charge grounds in some circumstances. Thus, I would encourage you to consult with an experienced immigration attorney about the affidavit of support documentation requirements if at all possible. For assistance locating experienced immigration attorneys, you can look here on Avvo, at www.aila.org or www.immigrationlawhelp.org.
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