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Immigration affidavit of support

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I am an American citizen & i married a danish citizen here in new york in march.
we are currently filing the affadavit of support form with uscis.
in my last year tax return i earned 22,000 of which 10,000 came from unemployment benefits.
does this cause a problem when filing the affidavit form do i need a sponsor

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What's your 2013 income-to-date?

Read the instructions closely ... there is information on secondary evidence of the current year's income.

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The information you require should be in the instructions, If you are still uncertain after consulting the instructions, you may wish to consider consulting an immigration lawyer.

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Unemployment benefits are income. No problem as long as you comply with the requirements of I-864P

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Look at the instructions and carefully figure out your household size. Then compare that number to the income requirements. If your income is not sufficient, you may be able to use assets or get a co-sponsor. These issues can be complicated, make sure to read the instructions well or seek assistance from an attorney.

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If your household consists only of you and your wife, you will have no problems with $22,000. If you you have additional members in your household, you will need a joint sponsor. Check out the table in this form:

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