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I'm getting ready to filing DCF at Rome, Italy for my spouse. I understand that while my spouse's visa is in process, she will not be eligible for any other visas to the USA, and will therefore have to renounce any USA travel during this period of time.


I have concerned family members back in the States who are worried that I, as sponsor, would also be subject to similar travel restrictions. This seems unlikely to me, given my status as native-born US Citizen, but I have not been able to find any information explicitly saying whether or not I can travel to the US during this process.


Thanks for your attention and replies.

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That's tricky. If your spouse doesn't have ESTA or a B-1/B-2 already, yes, then obtaining one is most likely going to be very hard. But there are plenty of people on this site who travel to the US during the CR-1/IR-1 process. It's pretty common as I understand it.


By sponsor you mean petitioner, right? If you are a USC you can travel to the US whenever you want, there are no restrictions at all on that.

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Thank you, millefleur, for the response.


To clarify for future posts:


*I take for granted that the applicant, my spouse, will not be able to travel. I'm fine with that.


*The question is whether I, the US-born petitioner, can travel while my spouse's application is under consideration.

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If you are a US citizen why should you not be able to travel during the application - especially to the US?

You as a USC have no restriction on US travel (as a US citizen you can not be denied entry in the US).


If youre fiance has a valid travel document for the US (i.e. ESTA) or can obtain one even if the petition is already filed (i.e. B1/B2 visa), she can still travel while the application is pending.

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