I Work In The Adult Industry – Can I Sponsor My Spouse?

01 Feb 2019

I’m an independent contractor in the adult industry sponsoring my Canadian husband. Is my petition going to be declined because of my profession?

Being in the adult industry in and of itself is not a ground for denial for a spousal visa. They will, however, look at criminal history and scrutinize your income at later phases. As long as you meet 125% of the poverty guideline and you can prove that with W-2s, 1099s, your tax returns, or other third-party evidence, you it shouldn’t be an issue. If you are an independent contractor, be sure that you’re actually claiming all your earnings and paying taxes on them, because your income only counts when you pay taxes on it. If you’re making $10,000 per month but it’s all in one dollar bills, under the table, and you’re not claiming it for income tax, this poses a problem.

Self-employed and independent contractors have faced increased scrutiny on their income in recent years.

As a disclaimer, everything does come down to the discretion of the consular officer reviewing your case. They can and often do submit RFEs, that’s a request for evidence, and what they’re really looking for is usually proof of your bona fide relationship. They want tomake sure it’s a good-faith marriage and that you’re not just getting married to apply for immigration benefits, or to get a green card.

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