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Hello, 

Im going to apply for a spouse-based green card in late February 2020 and plan to travel internationally in mid-January 2020. I’m originally from Croatia, with a Croatian passport and F-1 visa that expires in June 2020. Would traveling to Mexico for vacation “jeopardize” or make the process of filing for a green card in late February more difficult? Would you recommend to travel a month before getting married and filing for a green card? Thank you! 

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Didn’t mention a year

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I would not recommend using a non-immigrant F-1 visa to enter the US with the intent to immigrate by adjusting status for a green card.  

 

Your F-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa that requires you to have non-immigrant intent each time you enter the US.  Upon entering the US after your Mexico vacation, you intend to immigrate by filing to adjusting status for a green card.  This puts you in direct conflict with the purpose of the F-1 and therefore, you could be deny entry into the US because of having immigrant intent and using an F-1 visa.  

 

 

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I concur - you cannot re-enter the US with intent to stay/file for AOS. That would be a violation of your visa terms.


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Sorry, I reread your OP and my question was answered.  I concur with the other knowledgeable responses.

 

Good Luck!

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59 minutes ago, booanboi said:

Hello, 

Im going to apply for a spouse-based green card in late February 2020 and plan to travel internationally in mid-January 2020. I’m originally from Croatia, with a Croatian passport and F-1 visa that expires in June 2020. Would traveling to Mexico for vacation “jeopardize” or make the process of filing for a green card in late February more difficult? Would you recommend to travel a month before getting married and filing for a green card? Thank you! 

1) yes

2) no


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