TRAVEL DOCUMENT ADVANCE PAROLE (I-131)
Have you already applied for your Permanent Residency via an Application to Adjust Status, but you haven’t heard back yet? Do you need to travel abroad? If you leave the United States without first obtaining Advance Parole, you will normally abandon your Permanent Residency application.
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Advance parole is a travel document that can be used in place of a visa to approve the temporary parole of an individual into the United States. The advance parole may also be used as permission to board an aircraft or other such means of transportation. It does not, however, replace your passport.
The document is most commonly used by an individual who has a pending Form I-485. If you leave the U.S. before your Application to Register Permanent Residence or to Adjust Status has been decided on, your case could be denied if you fail to obtain advance parole prior to your departure. There is a minor exception for certain nonimmigrant status holders (H-1; H-4; L-1; L-2; K-3; K-4; V-2; V-3), that allows them to leave the United States and come back in on their valid visas. However, the vast majority of non-immigrant status holders who are awaiting the outcome of their I-485s, need to obtain Advance Parole before traveling outside of the United States.
Advance parole is also necessary for asylum applicants who are still waiting on a decision from USCIS. As an asylum applicant, you are allowed to travel outside the U.S., however, if you do so without first obtaining advance parole, it will be assumed you have renounced your asylum application.
Related form: I-131, APPLICATION FOR TRAVEL DOCUMENT
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