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My sister has 4 persons in her household, and she is sponsoring my wife (which makes it 5). She has declared an income of about 35k last year, which is not enough for a household of 5, but is enough for a household of 4. And one of her children was born after tax filing. Is it OK to count her household size without that child?

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    The child exists, she's supporting it. It's not certain they would catch it but they might and she (and you) wouldn't want that! – Loren Pechtel Aug 5 '18 at 23:35
  • Assuming she is not self-employed, it's not her income last year that matters -- it is her current (i.e. right now) income that matters. – user102008 Aug 6 '18 at 4:53
  • @user102008 She is self-employed – Polymorphic Aug 6 '18 at 6:02
  • Your sister is sponsoring your wife, so both will probably have to make statements to the immigration authorities about the sister's household. Your question really asks if it's OK for them to lie. As @LorenPechtel observes above: if the authorities discover this falsehood, then both your sister and your wife will have black marks in the authority's books, and future applications will probably be denied because they were willfully untruthful in this one. – David Aug 6 '18 at 19:30
  • @user102008 They want three years of tax returns. That's much more credible than declared self-employment income. (And beware, they are a bit math challenged. It took a detailed explanation of how the math worked along with our third submission before they accepted it--they were blindly rejecting it because the stated number didn't appear on the tax form.) – Loren Pechtel Aug 6 '18 at 19:36

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