Does Barely Meeting The Income Requirement Cut It in Immigration?

22 Mar 2019

With the extreme vetting that’s going on here over the last six to 12 months, we’re seeing more RFEs, more requests for evidence where the income is just barely over the minimum required amount.

We’ve had quite a few cases come through where they were $700, $800, $900 or more over the annual income required, but yet they still received an RFE and the adjudicating officer was requesting a joint sponsor. Another thing to keep in mind, it is at the USCIS officer’s  discretion or the consular officer’s discretion as to whether or not they will accept assets. We’ve submitted some cases with assets and they were approved, and other cases we’ve submitted assets and they were denied. So just keep in mind that everything is at the discretion of the adjudicating officer as to what they’ll accept or not.

When you go into this process, keep an open mind and know that there’s a good chance you’ll probably receive a request for evidence when your income is lower or just barely meets the minimum required amount, even if you technically meet it. Especially if there are other issues suspect about your case, like a large age gap or language barrier.

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