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Travel in USA while I-130 pending

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Hi everyone, here it is the question.

I am an italian citizen and i am married with a US citizen and we are leaving in Italy. We have a 1 year son and he has already the US passport.

My wife has just filed the I-130 at the US embassy in Rome and they have received it.

In september i ll have to travel to US for a 5 days vacation without my wife and my son.

Will i be ok with the ESTA application that i already have or i must file for a B1/B2 visa??

I was reading that it is sufficient that i show my intent to come back after the vacation and i think the fact that my wife and son stay at home should be enough.

Can i kindly ask for any suggestion??

Thanks in advance

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It's no problem at all. I've been flying over three times since we filed our I-130, which included once after I had submitted my actual IV application with my passport number. That was also the first time the CBP officer could see that I'm in the visa process.

There's a whole thread about this question in the CR/IR-1 forum. It's a sticky on top in that forum, go have a read through. Loads of people travel to visit under the VWP during the visa process and share their experience in that thread.


Met online October 2010


Engaged December 31st 2011


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USCIS Stage


September 8th 2014 - Filed I-130 with Nebraska Service Center


September 16th 2014 - NOA1 received


March 2nd 2015 - NOA2 received :dancing:



NVC Stage


March 28th 2015 - Choice of agent complete & AOS fee paid


April 17th 2015 - IV fee paid


May 1st 2015 - Sent in IV application


May 12th 2015 - Sent in AOS and IV documents


May 18th 2015 - Scan Date


June 18th 2015 - Checklist received


June 22nd 2015 - Checklist response sent to NVC


June 25th 2015 - Put for Supervisor Review


Sept 15th 2015 - Request help from Texas US Senator Cornyn and his team


Sept 23rd 2015 - Our case is moved from supervisor review to NVC's team for dealing with Senator requests


Nov 4th 2015 - CASE COMPLETE!!!! :dancing:



Embassy Stage


Dec 16th 2015 - Medical exam


Dec 21st 2015 - Interview


Dec 21st 2015 - 221(g) issued at interview for updated forms


Jan 13th 2016 - Mailed our reply to the 221(g) to the US Embassy, received and CEAC updated the next morning


Jan 20th 2016 - Embassy require more in-depth info on asset for i-864


Feb 1st 2016 - Sent more in-depth info on assets as requested. Received the next morning


Feb 16th 2016 - Visa has been issued :dancing: :dancing: :dancing: :dancing: :dancing:



In the US


April 5th 2016 - POE Newark. No questions asked.


April 14th 2016 - SSN received


May 10th 2016 - First day at my new job :dancing:


May 27th 2016 - Green Card received


June 7th 2016 - Got my Texas driver's license

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I did it too while my process pending they may ask your purpose or for how long but apperemtly is not a problem at all. Good trip!


Pd 24 july 2014

Case complete 12/08/2015

Interview date ##

Medical app. Date feb. 1st 2016

Visa in hand ???

POE ???

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