Advance Parole, Explained
Updated on 11/02/2020
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1. What Advance Parole means?
2. Why do you need Advance Parole?
For aliens who is applying for green card
Traveling outside the United States while a green card adjustment of status application is still pending requires Advance Parole. Leaving the United States without an Advance Parole document, while an adjustment of status application is pending, could be deemed by the USCIS as an abandonment of the application.
Therefore, it can be prudent to apply for Advance Parole at the same time as applying for adjustment of status. That way those who need to travel abroad before they receive their green card may receive their Advance Parole card fairly soon.
For aliens without a nonimmigrant visa
Due to various reasons, some aliens don’t have a valid nonimmigrant visa or could not obtain a nonimmigrant visa at a U.S. consulate. Getting an Advance Parole could enable them return to the United States without the necessity of obtaining a nonimmigrant visa.
3. Who is eligible for Advance Parole?
Generally, the following aliens are eligible for Advance Parole:
However, if you have any one of situations below, you are not eligible for Advance Parole:
4. Is it safe to travel with Advance Parole?
Moreover, before you leave the United States, if you have been out of status for more than 180 days since your 18th birthday, your departure will trigger the 3-year or 10-year inadmissible bar. Any aliens cannot be granted a green card if they have inadmissibility ground unless a wavier is granted by USCIS. Frustrating thing is that it is very difficult to have a grant of wavier. As such, under such circumstance it is advisable not to travel abroad even if you have an Advance Parole.
Keep in mind that an Advance Parole document must be valid when you return to the United States while it is only valid for one year after it is issued. So it is important to be mindful about the length of the planned trip abroad.
You may always consult an immigration attorney to give you professional opinion before planning your trip.
5. How to apply for Advance Parole?
If your current Advance Parolee will expire within 180 days, you can file a new I-131 application to get a new one as long as you still meet the eligibility requirements.
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6. Advance Parole processing times
7. How to get Advance Parole in an emergency?
Expedited Processing for Advance Parole
If you have submitted an I-131 application, you can ask for expedited processing by providing convincing evidence to prove your emergency situation. You should call USCIS at 800-375-5283 to make such request. Unfortunately, the USCIS considers such requests on a case-by-case basis, so asking for expedited processing does not mean that quick consideration will definitely happen.
Emergency Advance Parole
In emergency circumstances, or when there is potentially severe hardship, aliens may need their Advance Parole travel document immediately, no matter whether they have submitted an I-131 application or not. But the USCIS is extremely judicious about issuing emergency Advance Parole. They only grant these documents to those who have provided compelling evidence that the circumstances are so dire that an emergency Advance Parole is warranted.
Generally, aliens who require emergency Advance Parole need to schedule a local USCIS office appointment by calling 800-375-5283. They need to bring a complete I-131 form, filing fee and all necessary evidence to the appointment. The local USCIS officer will issue an emergency Advance Parole on the same day if the officer is satisfied with the compelling evidence.
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