The question asks it all. I've always been a dependent in my moms tax filings and therefore my name appears on all of them. They aren't my sole evidence. My question is if I can or should use my moms tax returns as supporting evidence. Thanks in advance.
You can. But as you say, add more evidence.
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I disagree with my colleagues. I think being listed as a dependent on your moms tax returns proves nothing about your physical presence, since she could have listed you whether you lived inside or outside the U.S.... find other things.
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I agree with Ms. Seifert ... the tax return doesn't show where you were.
Use the 'other' evidence.
It will also be a good idea to meet with an attorney.
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As others have said, yes you can submit whatever you like, more is generally better than less, but no its not going to be enough to prove five years presence.
The following link is to people listing the RFEs they've received from USCIS.
If the government isn't convinced that you have proven what you need to, they can send a "request for evidence" or RFE. It is an opportunity to submit more documents about whatever they're worried about. The list suggests to me that five years presence is where a lot of people are getting into trouble. I suggest getting as much as you possibly can to document your presence, because they seem to be taking that requirement very seriously.
There are a couple of advantages to hiring a lawyer. One is that they can talk to you about your immigration history and make sure you're not going to get yourself in trouble by applying and make sure there isn't anything better you can apply for. Another is that they can look at the documents you have and advise you about where you're fine and where you need more.