What will happen if I leave the US while my greencard is getting filed? 5 Answers as of May 24, 2011I am a student from Canada but am going to school in the US. I am in the process of getting my green card, but I need to go home to Canada for the summer to work and haven't received my travel document yet. What would happen if I cross the border?
World Esquire Law Firm | Aime Katambwe
The rule of thumb is that if you leave while your green card is being processed, that application may be deemed abandoned by you and no further processing will happen on it. You should get an Advance Parole before you go. It is kind of bizarre that you do not have a travel document yet, but I suppose if you just filed your I-485 packet, it will take a little time before you get your work permit. These days the work permit also acts as an advance parole but you have to file the I-131 with the I-485 packet. So, I would wait until I get an advance parole to leave. It may very well happen that your leaving won't stop your process, but why take the chance? Good luck!
Answer Applies to: California
Law Office of Immigration & International Trade Law | Linda Liang
You can come in as a student.
Answer Applies to: Florida