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Can a foreign spouse apply for a tourist visa while an immigrant visa is pending?

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Yes. In order for a tourist visa to be issued, however, the United States embassy or consulate officer must be convinced that the foreign spouse intends to return to their country after the visit to the United States. The pending immigrant visa application indicates that the foreign spouse intends to live permanently in the United States. Thus, the foreign spouse must prove that although s/he intends to live permanently in the United States, s/he will return to their home country after the visit. Since this is difficult to prove, it is likely that the United States embassy or consulate officer will deny the application for a tourist visa.