travel restriction for H1B visa holders during pending GC

Hi everyone,

Needed some advice from the members.

I have heard some stories where there is a family emergency and the individual can’t travel out of US because of pending GC application.

For H1B visa holders, what are the travel restrictions while the Green Card application is pending? I have read some forums but most tend to discuss the restrictions after the GC is approved.


I am not 100% sure, but you should not leave US while your PERM is under process. Once PERM is approved, you can travel outside US during I-140 processing stage.

Thanks Saurabh. What is the reasoning behind this?

Your I-94 information is submitted during the PERM phase. If you leave US then that I-94 record gets closed. Whenever you plan to leave US discuss w/ your attorney first.