My wife (LPR) filed I-130 under F2A for me. I'm filing I-485 petition but the problem is that my wife doesn't work & won't be working for the next few years. I'm on H1b. We got married last year & filed Tax Returns jointly as a married couple. I do make a decent amount, so the household income is fine & way above the poverty line. It's just 2 of us in the house & we don't have any dependents.
I still don't meet the 40 SSN credits as I have working on H1b for about 5 years.
1) Will the combined household income proof be enough ( 2012 joint Tax return + my current paychecks) for the petition ?
2) Do I need to find a joint sponsor friend? We don't have any relative here but one of friend who also makes decent money is willing to sponsor me if possible and needed.
Thanks in advance
If you have been together in the same household your joint income may qualify and you will not need a co sponsor. If you do need a co-sponsor any US citizen or Lawful resident with sufficient income may act as a co sponsor. The co sponsor does not need to be a relative. Beginning August 1, 2013 the F2A for spouse of a lawful resident is current. There is a good probability this will regress so be prepared to file between August 1, and August 31. The earlier the better but not before August 1.
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As long as you are authorized to work, your income will count for purposes of meeting the income requirements for I-864. You probably will not need a co-sponsor. I agree with my colleague above regarding being ready to file quickly to capitalize on the upcoming "current" visa availability in the F2A category.
Is the priority date current?
Are you currently in lawful status?
Are you sure that you're eligible to file the I-485?
I suggest you meet with an attorney ... even if you were able to say yes to all 3 questions, you will probably need a joint sponsor. Yes, it can be a friend.
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