If you have your employment authorization since that time, you can count your income in with I-864A.
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I agree with the answer of my distinguished colleague. If you have valid wok authorization, you do not have to worry. Good luck.
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By and large, if you can get a joint sponsor you could eliminate possible delays and issues in processing your matter. The issue with showing your work authorization is that you may not be issued same if you can't satisfy the minimum requirement of the affidavit of support, which will trigger a Request for Evidence stopping the work authorization processing. Thus, if you receive an request for initial evidence, you will not get your work authorization until you can satisfy the request. So this brings up a practical question - how can you show an EAD if it is not issued until you meet the affidavit of support requirement first. Good luck.