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Manila CR1 Spouse Application with Assets and Income

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Hello, has anyone applied for their Filipina spouse using a combination of assets and income? I haven't seen a lot of I-130 CR1 filers in the Philippines using this. Are the Consular Officers at the Manila embassy strict on this? I know each embassy has the USCIS rules to follow but they also have a little bit of their own opinion to use when doing the interview. Let's say I make $10,000 a year. I'm $11, 137 short of the 125% of HHS Poverty Guidelines of $21,137. Since I am a US citizen, I can use 3 times the difference in assets, so $33,411. If I have $50k in stocks, are the COs ok with this? Can anyone that has done this post their story on here? Thanks! 

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23 minutes ago, user333 said:

Hello, has anyone applied for their Filipina spouse using a combination of assets and income? I haven't seen a lot of I-130 CR1 filers in the Philippines using this. Are the Consular Officers at the Manila embassy strict on this? I know each embassy has the USCIS rules to follow but they also have a little bit of their own opinion to use when doing the interview. Let's say I make $10,000 a year. I'm $11, 137 short of the 125% of HHS Poverty Guidelines of $21,137. Since I am a US citizen, I can use 3 times the difference in assets, so $33,411. If I have $50k in stocks, are the COs ok with this? Can anyone that has done this post their story on here? Thanks! 

We have had many clients use a combination of the two. The basic guideline is 3 times the difference in assets, but what Manila usually likes to see (their opinion) is 5 times. 

That being said, you should be ok, if everything else is close to perfect..

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Alright, thanks Shadow! Hopefully I can remember this forum next spring and can come back with an update. 

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5 minutes ago, user333 said:

Alright, thanks Shadow! Hopefully I can remember this forum next spring and can come back with an update. 

Unless you filed several months ago, next spring may be a bit over-optimistic.

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They received my application in May 2019. 

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