WASHINGTON, DC - U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)
reminds individuals with an application for adjustment of status to that of lawful
permanent resident, an application for relief under the NACARA 203, or an asylum
application, that they must obtain Advance Parole by filing Form I-131, Application
for Travel Document with the USCIS before traveling abroad for the holidays (see
also, Advanced Parole). Advance Parole is permission to re-enter the United States
after traveling abroad in order to continue processing for adjustment of status.
Such individuals must be approved for Advance Parole before leaving the United
States. Travel outside of the United States without advance parole may have severe
consequences for certain individuals who are in the process of adjusting their
status. Such individuals may be unable to return to the United States, their applications
may be denied, or both.
“Issuing this travel reminder ensures that our USCIS customers are aware
of the immigration travel requirements before they make holiday travel plans to
their home country,” said Eduardo Aguirre, Director of USCIS.
Applicants can apply for Advance Parole at a local USCIS district office or a
USCIS Service Center. Processing time for Service Centers ranges from 90-150 days
while local district offices vary from district to district. Applicants planning
travel abroad should plan ahead due to the busy summer travel season.
Note: Under the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility
Act of 1996, aliens who depart the United States after being unlawfully present
in the United States for certain periods can be barred from admission to lawful
permanent resident status, even if they have obtained Advance Parole. Those aliens
who have been unlawfully present in the United States for more than 180 days,
but less than one year are inadmissible for three years; those who have been unlawfully
present for a year or more are inadmissible for 10 years. Aliens who are unlawfully
present, depart the U.S. and subsequently reenter under a grant of parole, may
nevertheless be ineligible to adjust their status.
USCIS urges all aliens with pending applications for adjustment of status to consult
an immigration attorney, immigration assistance organization accredited by the
Board of Immigration Appeals, the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283,
or the USCIS web site: www.uscis.gov before making any foreign travel plans.