I am married to a U.S. citizen and filing for adjustment of status. My wife who's a U.S. citizen does not meet the poverty line, as she is not currently working. I understand that we will need a joint sponsor, and this will be my aunt. The question I have is, do both my wife and my aunt have to fill out I-864 or is my aunt, as the only actual sponsor sufficient? If so, my assumption is that on the form itself she will select: I am the only joint sponsor?
The petitioner must also file the I-864, since it is ultimately "his" (or her) ability to provide for the person petitioned for should the need arise, whether through own or other assets (such as those from a joint sponsor). The joint sponsorship is nevertheless jointly to that of the petitioner, therefore the name "joint." It cannot stand on its own. In other words, your wife will need to provide her financial information, even if she makes zero income, by filling out the form I-864, and then have your aunt fill out a joint form to show that your aunt has sufficient income according to the guidelines set by the government. Good luck!
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