How to File a US Tax Return When Your Spouse is a Non Resident

How do you file a US tax return when your spouse lives overseas? I was asked this question by a reader the other day and I thought I would try my best to answer it in its own post!  If you’re going through the USA spouse visa process, the chances are because of how long it takes, there’ll be a time when you need to file taxes when your husband or wife still isn’t living in the country.  My reader was concerned about how the NVC (National Visa Centre) would view their marriage by the way they filed and if they’d need to apply for an ITIN number.  This is how we filed ours in 2016 for the 2015 tax year and how we managed to satisfy both of these queries.

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What to Include in the i864EZ Affidavit of Support (AOS) Package

The LONGEST wait during the CR1 USA visa process is the gap between sending off the i130 evidence pack and then waiting to receive the NVC case number.  My wait time was just over 5 months.  If you’re anything like me, you’re going to want to know what’s coming up next so you can be prepared and send the next load of evidence off ASAP!  Here’s a rough guide on what you will need to make up the i864EZ AOS pack.

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Life in the States as an Immigrant

I hold my hands up, I’m an immigrant.  I’m living in America on an immigrant visa.  I know especially in the blogging community, the word ‘Expat’ is thrown around a lot and I admit this is what I tend to refer to myself as, but in fact, I am an immigrant.  But can you really blame me for not really using this term at the moment?  Just look at the news, it has so much bad press and I debated as to whether or not I should pipe up and say my view.  But as an immigrant, and especially one that blogs about the visa process, I thought surely I should show what it’s like through my eyes?

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