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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Is the priority date current?
Are you currently in lawful status?
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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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2. No. You are making more than enough by yourself, your Income is lawfully earned, you have lived in the same household together for more than 6 months = your income can be taken into account. You will not need any co-sponsor.
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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.
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