After your green card interview, you will be scheduled for a biometrics appointment. Once you have completed the biometrics appointment, you will be able to travel outside the United States using Advance Parole.
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What is advance parole?
According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), advance parole is “Travel permission for certain individuals who have applied for or been granted Adjustment of Status.”
If you have an application or petition pending with USCIS, you may be eligible to travel outside the United States and return using advance parole, instead of applying for a visa through a U.S. consulate or embassy abroad. Individuals with pending Adjustment of Status applications who travel on advance parole are still considered to be maintaining their status in the United States.
Who is eligible for advance parole?
You may be eligible for advance parole if you have applied for or been granted:
-Withholding of removal,
-Temporary protected status (TPS),
-Deduction from final order of removal under the Family Unity Program, or
-Cuban Adjustment Act parolee status
How to apply for advance parole?
If you would like to travel outside of the United States after your green card interview, you will need to apply for advance parole. This document allows you to re-enter the United States after traveling abroad.
To apply for advance parole, you will need to submit Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. You will need to include supporting documentation, such as a copy of your green card interview appointment notice or a copy of your green card. You will also need to pay a filing fee.
Once your application is approved, you will receive a travel document known as an “Advance Parole” that will allow you to re-enter the United States. It is important to note that this document does not guarantee entry into the United States – you may still be subject to inspection by a Customs and Border Protection officer when you return.
If you have any questions about applying for advance parole or if you would like assistance with your application, please contact us. Our experienced immigration attorneys can help ensure that your application is properly filed and that you have all of the necessary documentation to travel safely and without incident.
What are the benefits of advance parole?
Advance parole allows certain immigrants to temporarily leave the United States and return without having to obtain a new visa. If you have been granted advance parole, you will be allowed to reenter the United States as long as you return before your authorized period of travel expires.
There are several benefits of advance parole, including:
-You will not have to obtain a new visa if you need to leave the United States for a short period of time.
-You can apply for advance parole even if you are currently in the United States on a nonimmigrant visa.
-If your green card application is pending, advance parole will allow you to travel while your application is processing.
-Advance parole can also be used as a way to avoid “unlawful presence” if you have overstayed your visa or if your green card has been denied.
What are the risks of advance parole?
There are some risks associated with advance parole, particularly if you travel outside the United States after your green card interview but before you receive your green card. If you are detained or questioned by immigration officials upon returning to the United States, you could be placed in removal proceedings. Additionally, if your application for a green card is denied after your interview, your advance parole document will no longer be valid and you will not be able to re-enter the United States.
What are the requirements for travel on advance parole?
After you have been granted a Green Card, there are still some requirements that must be met in order to travel on advance parole. You must have a valid Green Card in order to apply for advance parole, and you must also have a valid reason for travel. Reasons for travel that may be accepted include:
If you are granted advance parole, you will be given a document called an “Advance Parole Document.” This document will allow you to re-enter the United States after traveling abroad. It is important to note that an Advance Parole Document does not guarantee entry into the United States. You may still be subject to inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection upon your return.
What are the restrictions on travel on advance parole?
Advance parole is a document that allows certain individuals to re-enter the United States after traveling abroad without having to obtain a new visa. Advance parole is generally granted to individuals who have been granted lawful permanent resident status (green card holders), as well as those who have applied for Adjustment of Status (green card applicants).
However, there are some restrictions on travel on advance parole. Individuals who have been convicted of certain crimes or who are believed to pose a national security risk may be ineligible for advance parole. In addition, advance parole generally does not allow for entry into the United States for the purpose of employment.
If you are granted advance parole, you will be given a date by which you must return to the United States. It is important to note that if you do not return by this date, your advance parole will be void and you will not be able to re-enter the United States. Therefore, it is important to make sure that you have all of the necessary documentation before you leave the country.
How long is advance parole valid for?
Advance parole is valid for one year from the date it is issued, unless otherwise specified. You can use advance parole to travel outside the United States and be allowed to return, even if your green card has not yet been issued.
Can advance parole be revoked?
There is always the possibility that your advance parole may be revoked, even after you have been approved for it. If you are planning to travel outside of the United States on advance parole, it is important to keep this in mind and to be prepared for the possibility that your plans may change.
What happens if I enter the United States on advance parole?
If you enter the United States on advance parole, you will be allowed to stay in the United States for the time needed to complete your green card process. You will not be able to stay in the United States if your advance parole is cancelled or if you do not have a valid travel document.