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    Hi,
    I need to travel to Us on B1 visa for few months. My wife holds B1/B2 visa and she need to travel with me. My wife is pregnant and it is possible that she will deliver before we come back from the US. Is she allowed to enter the US with 6 months pregnancy as B1 dependent? Are there any immigration laws that prevent her from entering?

    It is also possible that my company may convert my B1 to L1 in 1-2 months after I am in US. Does this add any complexity in the process for my wife because she is pregnant?

    Thanks for the help.

  • #2
    There are no specific laws preventing her from entering as a visitor while pregnant. However, a POE officer may deny her entry simply on the basis that he/she is not sure that your wife will leave in a timely fashion.

    Originally posted by bdshah View Post
    Is she allowed to enter the US with 6 months pregnancy as B1 dependent? Are there any immigration laws that prevent her from entering?
    No

    Originally posted by bdshah View Post
    It is also possible that my company may convert my B1 to L1 in 1-2 months after I am in US. Does this add any complexity in the process for my wife because she is pregnant?
    Regards,
    S K Ghori
    skg@vex.net
    http://www.vex.net/~skg/

    **NOTE**
    I underwent the immigration process in both Canada and the US. I hold Pakistani, Canadian and US citizenship.

    **DISCLAIMER**
    I am neither a lawyer nor an immigration consultant. My comments should NEVER be considered as legal or professional advice as they are not meant to be such.

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    • #3
      The airline also may refuse to board a visibly pregnant woman.

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      • #4
        Medical care in the US is not free. How do plan to pay for prenatal care and delivery? Care for premature infant can run over a million US dollars. Normal care is $10,000-$20,000.

        Where do you intend to get a doctor? Even people with known US care, referrals and insurance have trouble getting OBGYN care if moving in late pregnancy. US law requires only that she be delivered - not that she receive care before that time.

        Do you have time to wait for birth certificate and passport?

        A US citizen child will not permit you top remain in the US. It can sponsor you for a green card only at age 21. This may also change as there is much dislike of just what you are doing. Look up the phrase "anchor baby"; it is not a positive term.

        She can be denied entry or given a short stay if it believe that she will become a public charge - IE not afford to pay medical bills. Being a public charge always can present long term problems with US immigration.

        Why would you risk the lives of your wife and child by having her travel at such a critical time? If she does so, she is as foolish as you are for proposing it. A US citizen child with birth defects due to premature birth lasts a lifetime and will still not allow you to stay in the US.

        Let your company send you on L1/L2 and provide you and her with medical insurance. At least then she would have a chance of getting prenatal care.

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        • #5
          Thanks a lot for the responses.

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