I live in the US and work for a religious organization on an R1 non-immigrant visa. I filed for an adjustment of status in Dec 2018. Last month, I was issued advanced parole. But my lawyer advised that since my R1 visa was still valid I should renew my visa and continue on my R1 status. Taking her advice into consideration, I decided to book an appointment for a US visa interview while visiting my friend in Ottawa, Canada. Unfortunately, I was denied the visa. The consulate officer denied renewing my visa on the basis that I have legally stayed in the US for almost 10 years(first as a student and now a religious worker). She said I didn't convince her that I would return Cameroon even though there is evidence I have been back every year in the last two years. in addition to denying me the visa, she "cancelled without prejudice" my previous invalid visa. I would like to know if there would be any issues for me to re-enter the US this Saturday using my advance parole card.
If the legend on your Advance Parole states that you are returning to pursue your adjustment application, it is my opinion that you should be okay to return.
Attorney Barbara Suri, retired Immigration Officer. This answer is general in nature and does not in any way create an attorney-client relationship. However, if you find my answer to be the "BEST ANSWER" and/or "HELPFUL" to you in anyway, please mark it accordingly. Thanks!
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