First of all, thank you all for this wonderful forum. This has really helped us alot to clear out confusions that we had.
Please bear with me as I explain my situation.
I am a Naturalized US Citizen for over 7 years now. My wife has been a GC holder for about 3.5 years now (it will be 4 years exactly after 2 months). Ever since she came to US and got her GC, she never took any trips outside US at all.
Hence, under the 3 year rule (being married to US Citizen), she qualifies for citizenship and we will send in her N400 next week. Our case is pretty much straight forward.
I have been a good citizen all these years (and even before). Never got into trouble, no bad records, never broke laws and have been engaged in education all these years (I am a nursing student currently). The only time I was EVER pulled over and given a ticket was for speeding for which I went to traffic school and that was my only ticket in all of my driving history. As far as my wife (the applicant), her record is straight forward, she does not work and never worked after becoming permenant resident and have only attended few class in college (for which her transcripts are on the way) and that's about it.
My question pertains to our income and taxes. I have never worked up until now and (like mentioned earlier), have been going to school to finish my education. All these years, we were living with my father & my father was supporting me and my wife (the applicant) and none of us worked because he wanted me to focus on my education first. However, we relocated to another state over 2 years ago when I got admitted to an RN Program and worked for last 2 years (2010-2011). The first year that I worked (2010), my AGI was a little below 3K on W2 and I made a mistake and filed single for which I will send amended to fix that and also claim the extra EIC that was left out.
For the second year I worked, my AGI was around 12K and I filed jointly with my wife. Please keep in mind, she had no income all these years.
Since she has never had any income and have never worked, I guess that comes down to my income. As I mentioned earlier, I have my tax returns for prior 2 years (the first of which needs to be amended and hopefully I can get that fixed within the next 8-12 weeks), before her interview (provided everything is processed on time).
Is not having income taxes for all 3 years going to be any problem for us, particularly her? I can and will provide a letter at the interview stating that I was supporting my wife and that my father was supporting us before that.
I can also provide a signed letter from my father stating that he supported us before I even began working and we were living with him. Do I also have to obtain his tax return or transcripts for interview?
As far as our income situation goes, should we send this letter and/or transcript along with the N400 or wait until the interview?
I was actually thinking of just sending our most recent joint tax return transcript for 2011 along with all the other documents and take the other one to interview (so that I can get that fixed before she is even scheduled for interview.
My last question pertains to our living together. Even though we have been hapilly living together for all these years, we have no real proof. We (my wife & I) have signed lease together from Jan, 2012 until now which will end at end of this year. This is our first lease together. The lease I had prior to that had my dad's name on it cuz it was credit based and my wife has no credit since she never worked. Besides the lease, we have started preparing for interview and have recently opened an account together and got both of our names on utility bills. She has also updated her out-of-state ID to include our most recent address on it. However, all of this occured this year and not in the past 3 years. All of these documents fulfill the requirement for residing in same state/place for 3 months prior to filing but will these be enough to show that we are sill married and living together?
The only old proof that I could find was one of her letter which came on my father's address about a month or two after she came to USA (in 2008) when we were living with my father in another state. Other than that, she has had no letter on her name.
Another thing is those classes I mentioned earlier. She took those in 2008 and that might be another proof that we were still living together at that time (same address as that of the letter which was on her name).
Is all this going to be any problem for her? If so, what steps would you recommend?
Thank you so much for reading. I hope to hear from you guys soon and have a good day.