JeffG wrote:Tigerman wrote:In order to successfully petition the USINS for an immigrant visa for your foreign spouse, you must be able to show that you can financially support your spouse. Generally, this is shown by providing bank records and employment documentation.
Are you sure? I have contacted AIT several times about this issue last year and they have told me very clearly that if we wish to apply for an immigrant visa for my spouse that it will be granted.
I am certain. Remember, US embassies, consulates and the AIT are all staffed by State Department officials and State Department officials on sabbatical, and they often do not understand the US Immigration and Nationality Act the same way that the USINS (which is part of the Justice department) does.
To be eligible to sponsor a relative to immigrate to the US, you must prove that you can support your relative and provide documentation that your income is at least 125% above the US poverty level for your household size, including all sponsored family members.
If you are bringing a relative to live permanently in the US, you must accept legal responsibility for financially supporting this family member. You accept this responsibility and become your relative's sponsor when you complete and sign an affidavit of support. This legally enforceable responsibility remains effective and binding until your relative becomes an US citizen or can be credited with 40 quarters of work (usually 10 years.)
You must complete and submit an affidavit of support, INS Form I-864, if you are bringing a relative to the US (which means that you filed or are filing a Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative).