Q: Hi, I will be applying for a green card. My husband doesn't have an income
We were planning to ask his mother to be a joint sponsor, she lives with us. Now, trying to figure out if she meets financial requirements- she is a widow and have no one depending on her, so her income needs to be a minimum for a one household member. Is that right? The fact we live together doesn't change anything? Also, the only form she needs to file is I-864A? thanks!
A: Item 7 of Part 5 on page 4 of form I-864 gives you the option of including certain other non-dependent relatives who are living in your residence as part of your household size. Such relatives may include your mother, father, sister, brother or adult children, if they are living in your residence. HOWEVER, the only reason to include these relatives in your household size is if you need to include their income when you calculate your household income for purposes of meeting the income requirement for this affidavit. To be considered, any relative included in this category must sign and submit Form I-864A, Contract Between Sponsor and Household Member. So since your husband doesn't have an income, technically you will not be counting it, so his mom's minimum income should be for a household of 2. HOWEVER, USCIS frequently still asks for the I-864A so I would set the standard higher and make sure his mom meets the income requirement for a household of 3, $28,787, and complete I-864A. Best wishes!
A: I agree with Ms. Jury. Mom’s income level should be at least for a household size of 2 but possibly 3, so if she’s making roughly $28,000, she would most likely qualify as a joint sponsor.
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