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Q: I’m filing a i864 to sponsor my wife but I have unemployment benefits during the Covid shut down would that count as inc

So I’m sponsoring my wife and my business was closed due to Covid shut downs for most of 2020 and half of 2021. I received unemployment benefits in 2020 and 2021. I will list my income down below

2019- $41,300

2020- $31,100 ($20,700) from unemployment benefits and $13,800 from business earnings

2021- $42,800 ($16,900) from unemployment Benefits and $23,300 from business earning. I’m looking to make around $45,000 in 2022. I file a 1040 and am self employed. Do you nvc will make an issue about unemployment income I had during Covid. It has been 10 months since I last received unemployment. I also have $20,000 in savings as and around $10,000 in stocks if that helps. SHOULD I BE OK TO MEET THE INCOME REQUIREMENTS. THANKS

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Samuil Buschkin
Samuil Buschkin
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Ridgewood, NJ

A: Some sources of income related to unemployment can't be included in income within the scope of form I-864 ( food stamps, SSI, Medicaid, and TANF), unemployment benefits are included and count as income. To see whether your total annual income, per household size, qualifies you as a sponsor, see the USCIS updated info (I believe they obtain this data from the labor department - 125% of poverty guideline). I would still consult an attorney.

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