I am a green card holder. If I file an I-130 for my spouse, can she still apply for any other nonimmigrant visa, such as H1B or F-1, while the GC case is in process?


The H1B nonimmigrant category has dual intent. Thus, the I-130 filing does not impact the H1B. While a person can always apply for F-1 even after the I-130 filing, that category requires nonimmigrant intent. Therefore, the I-130 could be a cause for denial of the F-1 visa – as could the marriage to an LPR even without the I-130. (12.Oct.2015)

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