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Travel plans under L1 visa while Adjustment of Status is in process

Hi everyone,

I’m a L-1a visa holder and I filed 2 weeks ago the I-485/I-130 forms as the husband of a US citizen. I’ve also applied for Advanced Parole and an EAD, and I’ve read that I can still travel under my L1 visa and that it would not impact my I-485 application. I’ve planned to travel to Europe to go see my family at the end of December and re-enter in the US under my L1 visa as the husband of a US citizen (my wife will be travelling with me). However I am nervous as I wonder if the whole Covid/travel ban situation could potentially have an impact on this, and my travel plans jeopardize my Adjustment of Status application.

I consulted with an immigration lawyer who encouraged me not to travel saying that the uncertainty was too high and that I should wait to obtain my EAD/AP documents before travelling... My experience with lawyers are that they always tell you the worst but on paper, I feel like my case is straightforward and the L1 visa allows you to travel while your AOS is in process. I’d love to get your advice on this and if anyone have been in that case as well.

Thanks a lot!

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