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Can I travel outside of America with F1 valid visa while my i130 is pending?

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Yes but make sure you have proof that your still enrolled at school and the F1 is valid.  Have the Designated School Officer sign off on the back of the I-20 if they still do that.  It has been a few years since I've touched a F1


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Some colleges advise against this FYI, because you will be trying to enter on a non immigrant visa with declared immigrant intent. For example https://www.lsuhsc.edu/administration/academic/ois/travel_while_pr_pending.aspx

 

If your current status is F-1 or F-1 OPT or F-2 

F status is a non-immigrant status that requires that each beneficiary establish non-immigrant intent (a residence abroad they do not intend to abandon) each time they request admission or re-admission in F status. While filing an I-140 or I-130 requesting Permanent Residency does NOT impact a beneficiary's current F status, filing of this kind of petition can impact an F beneficiary's ability to travel and re-enter the U.S. in F status due to the intent required for F status. For this reason persons who are currently in F status are advised NOT to travel internationally once a petition requesting  permanent residency has been filed.

 

 

 

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15 hours ago, Paul & Mary said:

Yes but make sure you have proof that your still enrolled at school and the F1 is valid.  Have the Designated School Officer sign off on the back of the I-20 if they still do that.  It has been a few years since I've touched a F1

Thanks! Did ur F1 visa clients try to do that  before?

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