It's optional only for people who don't want to work in the US during the I-485 process, or people who already have some other kind of authorization to work (like H1B or F1-OPT).
Originally Posted by dp0127
Did you get a joint sponsor for the I-864, or is your wife's income enough by itself to meet the I-864 requirements for a household size of 4 (or more, if applicable)? I hope you're aware that your income from unauthorized employment cannot be used for the I-864.
I am working because my wife doesn't make that much and we have to kids (a 6 year old boy and a 2 year old little princess ) and I have to support them.
Is the 6 year old your biological son? If yes that means you've been together for at least 6 years. What prevented you from filing an I-485 for the past 6 years? Depending on the reason, you may have other problems.
PD: Jan 2003 (EB3 rest of world)
I-485 Approved: July 2007
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