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My (French) husband and I live in France and plan to move to the U.S. in August 2019 with a CR1 visa.


His interview at the embassy is on April 3rd, so he should have the visa a couple of weeks after that.

I have a family event in the U.S. and June and will be traveling there for one week, then coming back to France until our final move in August.


Can my husband come with me to the U.S. in June? More specifically,

  • Would he be required to already complete the entry procedures, or could he wait and do it when we really move in August?
  • If he does complete the entry procedures, then we would already be back in France by the time the green card is delivered to my dad's house (our temporary residence). Would he be allowed to re-enter the U.S. in August if he does not have the green card physically in his possession?
  • Is it worth applying for advance parole for this situation?

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Once his visa is issued, he can enter the US in June, and go back to France to finish preparing for the move.  His endorsed CR-1 visa serves as his green card until the plastic one arrives.  Green Card holders do not require advance parole to re-enter the US.

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Once your husband enters the US in June with you and his CR-1 visa, the visa will be stamped and become a one year green card (I-551).  He would be processed as an immigrant at that time.  With his I-551, he can leave the US and come back in August.  He does not need the plastic green card - dad should keep it safe.  There is no need to get AP since he will have a green card in his passport.  

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