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Do the monetary benefits from Veterans Affairs dept count as income on I-864 form (for the AOS based on marriage)?

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My Ex-Marine USC wife is receiving monetary benefits from Veterans Affairs department under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. She is sponsoring me for my AOS based on our marriage. Can we attach letter from Veterans Affairs department as a proof that she is getting the above mentioned benefits? Would it be acceptable to USCIS as income to support her alien spouse (i.e. me)?

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Yes it is acceptable as income. Provide a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs as proof.

The answer provided here is general in nature and does not take into account other factors that may need to be reviewed for a more precise answer. You should consult with an immigration attorney before taking any action. The answer here is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship.


Of course. But, it it does not meet the 125% of poverty level standard, you may need a co- sponsor.

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Yes, your wife's monetary benefits from the VA qualify as income on the I-864 affidavit of support. If you still can't meet the income levels, then your wife's assets (real estate, savings account, etc) can be used to try to meet the income levels. If not, then you can obtain a joint sponsor.

You should consult an attorney re: this situation.

Christy Han Mohan, A Law Corporation
Immigration Attorney
19800 MacArthur Blvd., Suite 1000, Irvine, CA 92612
Phone: 949.222.5900 | Fax: 888.488.6431

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