What is Advance Parole?
Advance Parole refers to a special type of travel permission which is granted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to non-U.S. nationals who are not permanent residents yet. It takes form as a document, known as Form I-512 and it enables a person to re-enter the United States after travelling abroad.
Which DACA Recipients Can Apply for Advance Parole?
USCIS will only approve advance parole applications from DACA recipients who can demonstrate that they seek to travel abroad temporarily for urgent humanitarian reasons or in furtherance of a significant public benefit, which may include a personal or family emergency, or bona fide business reasons.
Some Things to Keep in Mind
While it is possible to receive advance parole, there are some important points to keep in mind:
- Even if you receive advance parole, you will still be inspected at an authorized port of entry when you return to the United States and there is always a possibility that you may be denied entry, even if the government originally granted you permission to travel.
- DACA recipients may not travel outside of the United States until their request for deferred action has been approved.
- If a DACA applicant or recipient decides to travel outside of the United States without previously being granted approval for advance parole, they will lose their DACA status.
How Do I Apply for Advance Parole?
First, you will need to identify the purpose of your proposed travel. Since USCIS will only grant advance parole to a DACA applicant/recipient for the reasons stated above, you must be able to evidence those reasons in your application.
Form I-131, Application for Travel Document is used to apply for advance parole. This application should be submitted to USCIS far in advance of the proposed trip in order to allow time for processing and approval.
Minor mistakes on Form I-131 can cause costly delays and potential denials. Consider setting up a consult with an attorney at Gilles Law, PLLC. You can reach us at 980-272-8438 at our office in Uptown Charlotte. We are here to assist with your inquiries.
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