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Petitioner living abroad, how to meet domicile requirements for I-864
The state is: Ontatio, Canada
Thanks for answering my previous questions, I have another one
My wife, American citizen, filed a petition for me. After marriage, she moved to Canada and became permanent resident of Canada. Now, our petition has been approved. My wife does not work and thus have no income. Her parents live in US and they are green card holders.
I have few questions :
1) Will she have to file I-864 for me regardless of her income, since she petitioned for me?
2)I am little confused after reading I-864 FAQs,, on department of State website, would she have to prove that she has re-established the domicile in US.
PLEASE ADVISE.... Thanks so much
Please refer to FAQs pasted from website I-864 FAQs
Can a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR) petitioner who is not domiciled (living) in the United States be a sponsor?
No. The law requires that sponsors be domiciled (live) in any of the States of the United States, the District of Columbia, or any territory or possession of the United States.
If the petitioner does not have a domicile in the United States, can a joint sponsor file an I-864?
No. Under the law, a joint sponsor cannot sponsor an immigrant when the petitioner does not have a domicile in the United States. The petitioner must first meet all the requirements for being a sponsor (age, domicile and citizenship) except those related to income before there can be a joint sponsor.
How is domicile determined?
Domicile is a complex issue and must be determined on a case by case basis. To qualify as a sponsor, a petitioner who is residing abroad must have a principal residence in the U.S. and intend to maintain that residence for the foreseeable future. Lawful permanent resident (LPR) sponsors must show they are maintaining their LPR status.
Many U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents reside outside the United States on a temporary basis, usually for work or family considerations. "Temporary" may cover an extended period of residence abroad. The sponsor living abroad must establish the following in order to be considered domiciled in the United States:
He/she left the United States for a limited and not indefinite period of time,
He/she intended to maintain a domicile in the United States, and
He/she has evidence of continued ties to the United States.
An American citizen or LPR spouse or dependent who has maintained a residence in the U.S. and/or whose spouse/parent works in one of the categories listed below would also qualify as a sponsor.
What kinds of employment abroad can be counted as U.S. domicile?
Employment by the U.S. government
Employment by an American institution of research recognized by the Attorney General
Employment by an American firm or corporation engaged in whole or in part in the development of foreign trade and commerce with the United States, or a subsidiary of such a firm
Employment with a public international organization in which the United States participates by treaty or statute
Employment by a religious denomination/group having a genuine organization within the United States and is stationed abroad with that religious denomination
Employment as a missionary by a religious denomination/group or by an interdenominational mission organization within the United States and is stationed abroad with that religious denomination
There may be other circumstances in which a sponsor can show that his or her presence abroad is of a temporary nature, and the sponsor has a domicile in the United States. The sponsor must satisfy to the consular officer that he/she has not given up his/her domicile in the United States and established his/her domicile abroad.
How can a petitioner establish a domicile?
When a sponsor has clearly not maintained a domicile in the United States, he/she will need to re-establish a U.S. domicile in order for him/her to be a sponsor. The sponsor may make a number of steps to show that he/she considers the United States his/her principal place of residence. Examples of things he/she can do are given below:
Find a job in the United States
Locate a place to live in the United States
Register children in U.S. schools
Make arrangements to give up (relinquish) residence abroad
Other evidence of a U.S. residence
If the sponsor establishes U.S. domicile, it is not necessary for the sponsor to go to the United States before the sponsored family members. However, the sponsored immigrant may not enter the United States before the sponsor returns to the United States to live. The sponsored immigrant must travel with the sponsor or after the sponsor has entered the United States.
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- Your wife has to have a co-sponsor if her income is insufficient to support you and her. Her parents can act as co-sponsors if their income is sufficient to meet the poverty guidelines. She does not have to establish domicile in the US if she plans to return to the US with you once your visa is issued.#1; Wed, 16 Jun 2004 21:47:00 GMT