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I would like to say something to the effect "if you are not (too) busy", but I would like to sound more neutral. This is why I chose "if you have time" but I am not sure if it sounds right in English in the following sentence:

It would be lovely to see you if you have time.

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That looks good. – Daniel Jun 13 '13 at 19:47
It sounds fine to me, too. If you want to make it even more neutral (putting the arrangements on both of your shoulders), you could say, "It would be lovely to see you if we can arrange a time." – JLG Jun 13 '13 at 20:18
It looks fine to me too. – BobRodes Jun 29 '13 at 16:36

Yes, "if you have time" is perfectly normal English. I suppose there's an implied "...to spare".

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