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Can I visit US pending immigrant petition?

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I currently have a tourist visa set to expire in 2021. My US citizen siblings plan to file an family-based immigrant petition soon.

Can i still travel to the US pending such immigrant petition given that i still have a valid tourist visa? Will I be prohibited from entering the US once I reach any US point of entry? I usually get to visit the US once a year and I am just concerned that if a petition is filed on my behalf, i would not be able to go to the US for vacation for 10 to 15 years. Thanks!

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Bring ties to your home country to show you MUST retrun. Your maximum stay will be about 6 months, do not assume that your tourist visa is good for 9 years that you can stay for 9 years (sadly, a common misconception)

entry is not a guarentee.

Good luck


USCIS
August 12, 2008 - petition sent
August 16, 2008 - NOA-1
February 10, 2009 - NOA-2
178 DAYS FROM NOA-1


NVC
February 13, 2009 - NVC case number assigned
March 12, 2009 - Case Complete
25 DAY TRIP THROUGH NVC


Medical
May 4, 2009


Interview
May, 26, 2009


POE - June 20, 2009 Toronto - Atlanta, GA

Removal of Conditions
Filed - April 14, 2011
Biometrics - June 2, 2011 (early)
Approval - November 9, 2011
209 DAY TRIP TO REMOVE CONDITIONS

Citizenship

April 29, 2013 - NOA1 for petition received

September 10, 2013 Interview - decision could not be made.

April 15, 2014 APPROVED. Wait for oath ceremony

Waited...

September 29, 2015 - sent letter to senator.

October 16, 2015 - US Citizen

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I filed petition for my sisters last year. This year, my sister went and got her 10-yr tourist visa fully disclosing I petitioned for her. Had absolutely no problems at POE - only stayed here for 3 weeks visit even though they gave her 6 months on I-94.


Removal of Conditions Journey

3/3/2009 - Removal of conditions - sent off packet to CSC

3/5/2009 - I-751 received in CSC

3/9/2009 - Check cashed

3/20/2009 - Biometrics notice received (no NOA1)

4/2/2009 - Biometrics

4/9/2009 - NOA1 date (first undelivered one is 3/5)

4/3/2009 - Touch?

5/6/2009 - ROC Approval - 65 days

6/22/2009 - CRIS Card production ordered email

7/7/2009 - GC arrived!

Naturalization Journey

3/03/2010 N400 sent to Arizona Lockbox

3/15/2010 Check cashed

3/17/2010 NOA1

3/18/2010 - Biometrics notice sent

3/26/2010 Early biometrics done at an ASC different from the one assigned to (Original BIO date was 4/15)

4/30/2010 Yellow letter received and info from USCIS mil line they are working on my interview letter (6/17 appt)

5/1/2010 Text and email interview letter sen

5/6/2010 Interview letter received - scheduled for 6/17/2010 at 10:05am

6/17/2010 Interview appointment - PASSED

6/29/2010 US Citizen

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As long as you can convince the officer at POE that you would not stay in the country and you would return back after the visit, you should be fine.

The only thing you need to be prepared is depending on the day for the officer he can put you back on next flight home and you should be prepared for it.

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