If you apply for an H1B or a Green Card, there would be certain points in the application stage where the US government recommends you avoid leaving the country lest you're seen as "abandoning your application". What's the rationale behind such laws?

At the very least in Europe I've never heard of people who are unable to leave the country because of pending applications, while in the US it is extremely common. In Canada you won't be able to fly into the country between the time when your PR is approved and the time when you're issued the physical PR card, however you can still return to Canada overland so it's not an issue.

  • Many countries have a similar requirement, including many in Europe. – phoog Jun 3 '18 at 3:14
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    @phoog such as? I know that in some Schengen countries you might be in a situation where you don't have a valid visa while your permit is being processed, however you can still come and go as much as you please if you have a visa free passport. – JonathanReez Jun 3 '18 at 5:28
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    I don't know, but maybe it is related to the bureaucratic split between issuing visas for people outside the US (state department) and adjusting status for people inside the US (USCIS)??? – Patricia Shanahan Jun 3 '18 at 6:36
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    @PatriciaShanahan I believe that's more or less correct, but I think it may be more because of the legal or conceptual distinction than the bureaucratic distinction. JonathanReez I believe France and Germany are among the countries that have similar rules. I hope to have time to add an answer tomorrow. – phoog Jun 3 '18 at 15:40
  • @phoog still waiting for your answer :) – JonathanReez Apr 30 '19 at 22:07

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