Regardless of your income you have to fill out affidavit of support. Your parents as intending immigrants can show assets in order to be able to meet income requirements. Seek a formal legal advice from an immigration attorney to resolve this issue.
You need to talk with an immigration attorney who can review and explain what your and your parents options are. Just so you know, there are options. There are some legal conflicts here so this forum is not appropriate to answer the various aspects of your questions.
Under the facts you have presented they cannot sponsor themselves. You, as the petitioner, need to file an affidavit of support regardless of your situation. You will also need a co-sponsor.
No. Family based immigrants can NEVER sponsor themselves. You the sponsor will need to file an Affidavit of Support on their behalf and if you don't meet the financial requirements to qualify, you must then add a co-sponsor.
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I agree with my colleagues.
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