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I sent in I-130s for my parents a month ago. I'm aware that 5-6 months is the current processing time. In the interim, can my parents travel to the US to visit the family for a few weeks and then go back out of the country? They've got 10-year visitor's visas that are current. If they do enter the US while the I-130 is pending, do they need to bring specific documents?

Thanks in advance!

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Hey, not sure if you got your answer, but my wife traveled to US (valentines weekend) and she had no issues. Ofcourse her trip was only for the weekend (came from UK), so a short trip, but no questions asked at the airport. She's scheduled to visit for 2 weeks in april, hopefully no issues then too. I filed her I-130 petition in early Jan.


Event Date

Service Center :California Service Center

Consulate : London, United Kingdom

Marriage : 2010-08-15

I-130 Sent : 2011-01-05

I-130 NOA1 : 2011-01-12

Touched : 2011-02-23

NOA2 Approval: 2011-05-16

NVC Date: 2011-06-03

AOS Bill Paid: 2011-06-17

AOS Docs Sent: 2011-06-17

IV Bill Received: 2011-06-18

IV Bill Paid: 2011-06-18

Medical Scheduled: 2011-07-12

NVC RFE: 2011-07-19

NVC RFE response sent: 2011-07-22

NVC Case Complete: 2011-08-10

Interview Date: 2011-10-31

Passport received: 2011-11-xx

Date of Entry: 2011-11-xx (Newark, NJ)

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I sent in I-130s for my parents a month ago. I'm aware that 5-6 months is the current processing time. In the interim, can my parents travel to the US to visit the family for a few weeks and then go back out of the country? They've got 10-year visitor's visas that are current. If they do enter the US while the I-130 is pending, do they need to bring specific documents?

Thanks in advance!

If they have valid visitors visa should be no problems as long as they show their ties to their home country and would be an idea to bring copies of 130 in case and papers to show they are permanent residents of their home country as in house rental forms drivers license and so on.


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Sure they can.

It's still possible that an overly smart CBP officer at the airport will give them a little speech. You just never know.


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As everyone else pointed out, your parents can travel as long as they have enough documents to show significant ties to their home country, even though they have an I-130 pending!

The CBP officers always want to make sure that they people entering the US will not overstay.

I think they should be fine! Good luck!

KnR aka slider100

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