31. Will the Government verify the accuracy of the information?
The State Department and USCIS may verify the accuracy of information provided on, or in support of, the Affidavit of Support with employers and financial or other institutions, as necessary. This may include the Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration.
32. What if income tax returns have not been filed for each of the most recent three tax years?
A sponsor must include as many of the income tax returns for the most recent three tax years with the Affidavit of Support as he or she was required by law to file. If the sponsor filed fewer tax returns than were required, he or she should contact the Internal Revenue Service to determine how to file retroactively. If fewer than three returns were required for reasons such as less than three years’ residency in the U.S. or lack of sufficient income, the sponsor should explain the reasons on the Affidavit of Support.
33. Which income line from the federal tax return is used for income determination?
The line for gross (total) income on IRS Forms 1040 (line 22 in 1996) and 1040A (line 14 in 1996) is used to determine income. The line for adjusted gross income is used for persons filing IRS Form 1040 EZ (line 4 in 1996).
34. What other evidence of income will be accepted if U.S. Federal income tax returns were not required?
Copies of foreign income tax returns or other evidence of income from foreign employment can be accepted as evidence of income in certain circumstances.
35. How are assets used to demonstrate ability to sponsor an immigrant?
If a sponsor does not have sufficient income to meet the income requirement for the number of persons supported, he or she may list assets which are readily convertible to cash within one year for support of the sponsored immigrants. To qualify, the net worth of these assets needs to be five times the difference between the sponsor’s income and the poverty line for the sponsor’s household size.