This is an delicate matter in that if you file for them, they can be denied entry on their visitor visa. However, if they enter on their visitor visa and then decide they want to remain in the U.S. and obtain their permanent resident status, they can do so. The latter is a bit riskier as there can be a pre-conceived intent issue but the processing time is much shorter. The former the processing time will be about 8-10 months and they'll likely be outside the U.S.
Probably not. I would recommend you hire an immigration attorney to assure there are no delays in your filing.
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Once you start the green card process for your parents they will most likely not be allowed to visit until after they have been approved. Your parents could certainly travel here first, then you apply for them while they are already here even if they decide to then return to their own country after the visit is over and wait there for final approval of their green cards.
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Once you apply for them to immigrate they will not be allowed a tourist visa.
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By traveling to the U.S. on a visitor visa when a petition for alien relative is pending they would be taking a very real and serious risk of conflicting intent. Even if they are admitted, they could be charged with misrepresentation later that prevents permanent residence. You need to consult with an immigration lawyer to understand this before they make such a trip.
I agree with my colleague Mr. Eichorn. You should consult an experienced immigration attorney for this matter. You may schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer in your area, my firm is handling these matters in New York. If you would like free legal updates on these immigration issues you may sign up for our newsletter at http://www.shautsova.com .
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