Unless your household exceeds 8 people your adjusted gross income will be sufficient. Here is the link to the affidavit of support requirements: http://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-864p.pdf
The Affidavit of Support is a very detailed federal form and may be confusing. Please read its instructions ah the USCIS. gov before submitting and if you need further assistance, present its details for a review with a counsel in person before mailing.
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That's I-864 (not I-184). If he is sponsoring only 1 person and using only his income to qualify, then he should put only his income of $38,000. I agree with my colleague that it would be in our best interest to sit down with a lawyer to make sure the information put on the form is accurate.
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