I'm currently filling out the i-131 application for travel document for my wife, which I intend to file in conjunction with the i-485, i-765, and i-864.
The specific purpose we have for this document is we plan to travel back to China next year and do a "second wedding" there for her family and friends (we'd also just like the ability to travel elsewhere, like Mexico).
However, I've noticed on Page 4 of USCIS' i-131 instructions for the document, that the allowed purpose for this document appears to be limited 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"
Our wedding is a significant family reason, but it's not an "emergency" as stipulated in the USCIS instructions.
Furthermore, Page 9 of USCIS' i-131 instructions stipulate that:
If you are applying for:
c. Advance Parole Document for Individuals Who Are Currently in the United States
If you are in the United States, you must attach:
(1) A copy of any document issued to you by USCIS showing your present status, if any, in the United States; and
(2) An explanation or other evidence showing the circumstances that warrant issuance of an Advance Parole Document; or
(3) If you are an applicant for adjustment of status, a copy of a USCIS receipt as evidence that you filed the adjustment application
(there are more options in the instructions, but they're not relevant to our case)
We can't produce (1) or (3) because we have nothing from USCIS showing my wife's present status. All we have from the USCIS are the NOA1 and NOA2 from months ago, which do not show my wife's "present status", which is in the US on a K1 visa. We have her I-94, but that's from CBP, not USCIS.
So it seems the only option remaining for us is (2), a written explanation. Does Page 3 Part 4 Item 1.a on the i-131 form itself satisfy this requirement (that's where they give you 4 blank lines to describe the "purpose of trip"). Or is a lengthier explanation required as an attachment?
I seem to recall earlier threads saying that a lengthier explanation was at one point required in the past, but is no longer required, at least for K1-to-AOS filers.
Would just like to make sure before we send everything in.