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  1. What documents do I need to travel outside the United States? In general, you will need to present a passport from your country of citizenship or your refugee travel document to travel to a foreign country. In addition, the foreign country may have additional entry/exit requirements (such as a visa). For information on foreign entry and exit requirements, see the Department of State’s webpage at www.travel.state.gov. What documents do I need to present to reenter the United States? If seeking to enter the United States after temporary travel abroad, you will need to present a valid, unexpired “green card” (Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card). When arriving at a port of entry, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer will review your permanent resident card and any other identity documents you present, such as a passport, foreign national I.D. card or U.S. Driver’s License, and determine if you can enter the United States. For information pertaining to entry into the United States, see U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s webpage at www.cbp.gov. Does travel outside the United States affect my permanent resident status? Permanent residents are free to travel outside the United States, and temporary or brief travel usually does not affect your permanent resident status. If it is determined, however, that you did not intend to make the United States your permanent home, you will be found to have abandoned your permanent resident status. A general guide used is whether you have been absent from the United States for more than a year. Abandonment may be found to occur in trips of less than a year where it is believed you did not intend to make the United States your permanent residence. While brief trips abroad generally are not problematic, the officer may consider criteria such as whether your intention was to visit abroad only temporarily, whether you maintained U.S. family and community ties, maintained U.S employment, filed U.S. income taxes as a resident, or otherwise established your intention to return to the United States as your permanent home. Other factors that may be considered include whether you maintained a U.S. mailing address, kept U.S. bank accounts and a valid U.S. driver’s license, own property or run a business in the United States, or any other evidence that supports the temporary nature of your absence. What if my trip abroad will last longer than 1 year? If you plan on being absent from the United States for longer than a year, it is advisable to first apply for a reentry permit on Form I-131. Obtaining a reentry permit prior to leaving the United States allows a permanent or conditional permanent resident to apply for admission into the United States during the permit’s validity without the need to obtain a returning resident visa from a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad. Please note that it does not guarantee entry into the United States upon your return as you must first be determined to be admissible; however, it will assist you in establishing your intention to permanently reside in the United States. For more information, see the USCIS Travel Documents page. If you remain outside of the United States for more than 2 years, any reentry permit granted before your departure from the United States will have expired. In this case, it is advisable to consider applying for a returning resident visa (SB-1) at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. An SB-1 applicant will be required to establish eligibility for an immigrant visa and will need a medical exam. There is an exception to this process for the spouse or child of either a member of the U.S. Armed Forces or civilian employee of the U.S. Government stationed abroad on official orders. For more information on obtaining a returning resident visa, see the Department of State’s webpage on returning resident visas at www.travel.state.gov. Additionally, absences from the United States of six months or more may disrupt the continuous residency required for naturalization. If your absence is one year or longer and you wish to preserve your continuous residency in the United States for naturalization purposes, you may file an Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes on Form N-470.
  2. What documents do I need to travel outside the United States? Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, is used to apply for three different types of travel documents: --o Advance Parole --o Refugee Travel Document --o Re-Entry Permit WARNING: If you have been in the United States illegally, then you may be subject to a bar to admission if you depart the United States, even if you have been issued a travel document. For more information please see Section 212(a)(9) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). If you are an asylee who applied for asylum on or after April 1, 1997, then your asylum status may be terminated if you return to the country from which you were seeking protection. Advance Parole Advance parole is issued solely to authorize the temporary parole of a person into the United States. The document may be accepted by a transportation company (airlines) instead of a visa as an authorization to travel to the United States. Please note that an advance parole document does not replace your passport. Advance parole is most commonly used when someone has Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or to Adjust Status, pending. If you depart the U.S. while your I-485 application is pending without first obtaining advance parole, your case will be denied unless you fit into a narrow exception for those maintaining certain nonimmigrant statuses. Advance Parole for Asylees An asylum applicant who has a pending Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal, and has not received a final decision may be allowed to travel outside the United States. If you are an asylum applicant and you intend to travel outside the United States and return you must apply for and receive advance parole. If you leave the United States without first obtaining advance parole, USCIS will presume you abandoned your asylum application. Advance parole does not guarantee that you will be allowed to reenter the United States, rather, an immigration inspector from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) must inspect you and determine whether you will be allowed to reenter the United States. Refugee Travel Document A refugee travel document is issued to a person who has been granted refugee or asylum status, or to a permanent resident who obtained a green card because they were a refugee or asylee. If you hold refugee or asylee status and are not a permanent resident, you must have a refugee travel document to return to the United States. Derivative asylees and refugees must also obtain a refugee travel document before leaving the United States. If you do not obtain a refugee travel document in advance of departure, you may be unable to re-enter the United States, or you may be placed in removal proceedings before an immigration judge. Re-entry Permit A re-entry permit allows a permanent resident or conditional resident to apply for admission to the U.S. upon returning from abroad during the permit’s validity, without having to obtain a returning resident visa from a U.S. Embassy or consulate. Permanent or conditional residents should apply for a re-entry permit if they will be outside the United States for one year or more.
  3. Just received my wife's EAD/Advance Parole (she's on a K1 AOS waiting for her green card) and would like to schedule travel for the holidays so she can see her family. For those with NEXUS, does that affect the process at all? Do we follow the normal NEXUS procedure and then the officer will send her to secondary screening, or would this let us bypass it entirely?
  4. I got my advance parole (in a form of employment ID which serves as advance parole ID too) and i’m planning to travel to Dubai(my previous residence) for 2 weeks. Is it really safe to travel with the advance parole? What documents do I need to bring with me?
  5. Has anyone used advance parole before? My husband and I are leaving the country for a few weeks and even though we have done everything correctly with getting advance parole and carrying proof of I-485 pending with us, I still get scared they won’t let my husband back in the country. 😭 He is from Mexico and I worry about the political attention that has been drawn to the border as of late.
  6. Hello, I submitted my aos and ead paperwork and had my biometrics for them both back in January. I did not submit an advance parole application at the time and seeing how long the wait for a green card in chicago may be I decided to apply. I received my noa1 i797c for the advance parole today. My question is - has anyone applied for advance parole later like me? Did you have to do a biometrics appointment? And for those of you who did ..did you receive the AP and ead together or did you receive the ead fhan later just receive a paper for the AP Thanks!
  7. Hi everyone I let the USA with Advance Parole and i have to return soon before the expiration date. Mi advance parole is with the name of maiden and my passport with the name of married, anybody have experience in this situation include with de airline come out to Asia?, please help me!!
  8. My father recently traveled to Europe for a business trip and had his laptop bag stolen while catching a train in Brussels. Unfortunately, aside from his laptop, the bag also contained ALL his travel paperwork (EAD, Advance Parole, Indian passport, you name it...). He approached the U.S. embassy the day after, and was given the cold shoulder as many AOS travelers have come to expect. However, he was able to convince them to work with them via a method I will detail further along this post. While we were scrambling to figure out what to do next (as you may be doing now) I compiled a list of options, from most ideal to worst case scenario, by scouring through all the forums. Therefore, I wanted to create a centralized post which contains all methods that I read have worked in the past (with varying success probabilities...) including the personal method that worked for us. Options (Best to worst case scenario): 1. Visit U.S. embassy: The EAD card that you receive in the mail (after each renewal period) comes attached to a letter with personal information in the front and generic information in the back. I scanned the front and back of this letter and sent it to my father in Europe. The key part in this letter is in the generic part which says that the U.S. embassy will assist you if you lose your combo card while abroad (the back of the letter with the line, highlighted, has been attached to this post). You'll need to scan over the letter that YOU received with the front part that contains your personal information along with the back portion. My father was able to convince the workers at the embassy that they were supposed to help him, according to the rights he earned associated with the card. The embassy are ONLY familiar with Greencard holders and American citizens. Thus, they usually do not help any other type of visa holders because there's too many visa types and too many unique details associated with each visa that they end up dismissing everyone who's not a citizen nor a permanent resident. However, my father was able to show that his combo card came with the right to assistance from the U.S. embassy. The Embassy employees were very understading from that point forward and very helpful as weel. His trip was only extended by one extra week on aggregate. That being said, AOS travelers with lost paperwork are known to be in a "grey area" because what works for one individual, may not necessarily work for another individual. Thus, I have listed other options that I have read have also worked for other people in the past. 2. Customs Border Patrol (CBP) has hotline —> Regional Carrier Liaison Group (RCLG). Talk to airline to call RCLG to confirm that CBP will approve entry into US Entry into the U.S. up to the discretion of CBP and if you can prove to them that you had a valid AP (copy of the card or the approval letter) they will let you in at the POE. the airlines are the biggest problem because they have most to lose if you're not allowed the entry (because they’re fined by the CBP). Thus, boarding a plane is hard. Thus, if you can get the OK from CBP prior to boarding, and get the airline to see that approval then the airline will let you board. Therefore, this option does not deal with the US Embassy nor USCIS. The Embassy merely provides the documentation that CBP and airlines use to let you travel; you physically interact only with airlines and CBP. So if you can individually convince the CBP and airlines that you are indeed legitamate, then you can travel without the parole. The CBP officers at the POE to be perfectly understanding and the easiest of parties to deal with based off experiences I read in other forums) . 3. Pre-clearance Locations - if the airport has pre-clearance, then you can get to CBP that way. they have CBP officers at international airports Canada, UAE, Dublin and more. CBP Officers conduct the same immigration, customs, and agriculture inspections of international air travelers typically performed upon arrival in the United States before departure from foreign airports. 4. Take a flight to Canada/ Mexico. Try to drive across border. As I said POE seems to be the easiest hurdle. Physically getting back to the border seems to be the hardest part. 5. Apply for Humanitarian Parole. But coming in under a different designation may null disqualify your greencard application. So you'll have to look more into it...
  9. Wifes Ead NOA was recieved back September 20 Bio done on Nov 14th . We got NOA 2 for I 485 "your ready to be scheduled" back Feb 12. No RFE recieved and have called twice for expedite request. They told us the last time we called wait until May 15 then we can do so.ething. I have a lot of anxiety with this and although I have a good job I'm still having a tough time. Anything I can do? Anyone recently in the same situation/ timeline? I figured I'd visit Congresswoman's office as a last resort.
  10. My (French) husband and I live in France and plan to move to the U.S. in August 2019 with a CR1 visa. His interview at the embassy is on April 3rd, so he should have the visa a couple of weeks after that. I have a family event in the U.S. and June and will be traveling there for one week, then coming back to France until our final move in August. Can my husband come with me to the U.S. in June? More specifically, Would he be required to already complete the entry procedures, or could he wait and do it when we really move in August? If he does complete the entry procedures, then we would already be back in France by the time the green card is delivered to my dad's house (our temporary residence). Would he be allowed to re-enter the U.S. in August if he does not have the green card physically in his possession? Is it worth applying for advance parole for this situation?
  11. I've had a bit of an unexpected situation come up and I'm curious for anybody's take. I've seen a lot of old threads about AP expedites but am curious for more up-to-date information. I came to the US on TN status, and am still working for the same employer (my status expires in September 2020). I applied for AoS/EAD/AP on 12/01/2018 based on marriage to my USC husband. I've completed biometrics and am now waiting for EAD/AP, which is estimated to arrive May 13-17, 2019, according to today's VJ estimate. The situation Every year, my boss attends a very important conference for our industry overseas -- it's a huge opportunity to network with our international partners and possibly bring in more money for the company, not to mention that the trip itself is also a financial investment. This year's conference is the first week of April, and my boss already made tons of meeting appointments with important contacts, booked hotels/flights, etc. Last week, she broke her foot really badly and has since been advised by her doctor in follow-up appointments that she won't be able to travel by plane by the time the conference comes around. She stands to lose a lot of money if we have to cancel everything (not to mention the lost potential income to the company if we don't attend at all). Today, she asked if I would be able to attend in her stead, as I work closely with her and am familiar enough with her work to act on her behalf. It would be a great professional opportunity for me as well. I know it might be a long shot, but with a note from the doctor and a letter from my boss, is it worth trying to submit an AP expedite request so I can make the trip for her? One of the USCIS expedite criteria is "severe financial loss to company or person" -- does that need to apply to me specifically, or can a loss to the company I work for also count? I know that this doesn't qualify for an "emergency advance parole" but perhaps a case can be made to speed it up. I'm based in NYC, and my field office no longer takes InfoPass appointments. As I've seen it, I would need to call the USCIS Contact Center number, tell them my request, and then they would ask me to follow up with evidence by mail/fax? Does anyone know how long this process usually takes? Would my boss need to provide flight receipts/accommodations to prove that expenses have already racked up, etc? If the expedite doesn't go through, my boss would never want me to risk my status/AoS (of course, I'd never risk it either!) by leaving, but it would be really beneficial if I could make the trip. I appreciate anyone's experience with expediting AP for work travel. I know I'm in a bit of a different situation as I'm doing AoS with valid U.S. work authorization, but maybe other TNs out there have encountered it? Thanks!
  12. So we had the AOS interview on 1/29/19 (PD 07/09/2018) in Fairfax, VA (DC field office). It went really well and the officer said he would recommend approval and that we would hear in the next day to 120 days. We were not planning to travel, but my husband's (the beneficiary/applicant) grandfather in Costa Rica is dying and now is the time to visit. We are also expecting another baby and won't be traveling later in the pregnancy. SOOOO anyways, the question is if it is possible to travel for 3 weeks and come back in with Advance Parole (combo EAD card) while awaiting an interview decision. I know that if he is denied then it would void AP.... We have people at our address to check the mail, plus informed delivery, plus his application is straightforward (I think) i.e no red flags (first marriage, no illegal presence, over 2 years, kids, lots of comingling)….. Am I just stressing out for nothing? We'll be entering back in as a family, with all paperwork.
  13. Hey! I'm writing this to get your guys opinions on my advance parole situation - and sorry if this isn't in the right place, I'm new to this forum. My fiancé's visa was approved and he's coming to the USA from Sweden this week (8 months to the day from when we sent the I-129F), we're getting legally married at the NYC courthouse 3/1. We're having a big wedding in Iceland in August 2019 - before you guys comment, we're not getting legally married in Iceland, just ceremonially, and we're doing it because we weren't sure about the timing with the visa and wanted to have a big party with all of our friends from NYC and Sweden 🤷‍♀️ Anyway, August 3 is almost exactly 5 months from our legal wedding in NYC. We had assumed that we would be getting the K1 visa much earlier than 8 months, and also assumed that advance parole would take 2-3 months. It seems that advance parole is taking much longer than that, with an average of 5-6 months. I know it's highly unlikely we'd get approved for emergency advance parole, because a wedding is not an emergency. We've already paid for the entire wedding in full, so rescheduling it will definitely be a financial burden, but we obviously can't have a wedding without the groom. Is there anything we can do to make sure we get his advance parole before 5 months, or do we eat our money and reschedule the whole wedding to a date we know will be 100% okay? Insane that it could take up to 16 months with no RFEs and everything done correctly.... Anyway, would be eternally grateful for any advice and we're quite unsure of what to do. Thank you in advance!
  14. I'm married to a USC and we filed for AOS in August 2017 and are still waiting for the interview to be scheduled. I was approved for EAD/Travel in November and had to travel earlier this year to visit family for an emergency and ended up staying for a few months. Long story short, the day of my flight I realized I didn't have my combo card (advance parole) and was unable to board the flight. The US Embassy said they could not issue a transportation letter since I am not a Lawful Permanent Resident and the USCIS field office told my husband they could not issue an emergency parole document without me being present. Has anyone been in a similar situation? Please advise, as AOS is kind of a grey area the embassy won't touch the case. I have a picture of the card and my approval notices for travel and employment but they seem to be of no use. PLEASE HELP.
  15. In the form i-131, should I really include a letter? How do I do that? What should I write? And as for the intended travel dates and how many days what should i put? Thank you
  16. Hello my friends... I just finally got a job in a bank with my EAD card.... after finishing all the paperwork I realize that I will need to renew my card in a few months because still no interview notice yet. When I Initially fill my case, only did: I485. I765 and I130 I didnt file advance parole, I just tough It wasn't necesary, but at this time I really dont know how long will take the proccess and may be need advance parole to travel to my country. my question is: Can I subbmit the renewal of my EAD and submit the ADVANCE PAROLE form as well? how is the proccess to Renew the EAD? if you have some similar experiences please share it with me. thank you so much guys! down here you all can see my timeline. I fill my case in Houston.
  17. Does anyone here ever experienced leaving the Philippines with advance parole? I have a pending green card case and I am planning on going to the Philippines in March. I was wondering if I have to go to Commission of Filipinos Overseas to get registered. I didn’t go to Commission of Filipinos Overseas before because I was just an international student, but I was wondering if I have to now that I am married to a Filipino-American.
  18. Hi, With current AOS pending and being an Indian citizen, can we travel from India to USA through Paris CDG airport with a EAD/AP combo card? I am reading several forums where European countries will not accept EAD/AP combo card as a valid re-entry document to the US, but rather require a valid US visa. Is this true? If it is not possible to travel to the US with the combo card through Paris, what other airline options do we have? Has anyone made any international travel recently using the combo card? Kindly share your experiences and suggestions. Thanks.
  19. Hi everyone, first I would like to say I have been Visa Journey throughout my whole immigration process and would like to thank everyone for their help. It is a great community. Question: If I am a Canadian citizen with a valid Canadian passport, can I fly to Toronto, Canada (from Philadelphia, USA) using only my passport? This might be a stupid question, but the more research I do, the more confusing everything becomes. I received my Combo Card/Advance Parole about a month ago. I want to visit Canada late December for 1 week. I know my Combo Card should allow me to re-enter into the United States. But I started reading topics regarding people needing an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter/fly into Canada. In my mind, my Canadian passport should be enough, correct? I have never flown internationally, only domestic flights. So I guess I am a bit unfamiliar with how the process will go. Such as customs, or where/when I need to present my combo card. Any information or experiences would help me greatly and ease my mind. Thank you! (I have immigrated on a K-1 Fiance Visa in February 2018)
  20. Hello Visa Journey members. This thread is for anyone that has a Priority Date/Receipt Date from the second half of 2017 (July - December 2017) waiting to get their interview scheduled at the Houston Field Office. Please post your PD/RD and your current USCIS online account (both sites and App) status’. Have you received an interview letter and if so, when is your interview date? Please share your interview experience for those that already had their interview, thanks.
  21. Hi! I am applying for lifting of conditions on my green card after 2 years of marriage. My 2year green card expires on March 13, 2019. I just saw on the USCIS site that the average processing time is 16 months. Does anyone know what happens after my conditional green cards expire in March? Can I still work? Can I travel abroad? Is there something like the advance parole during the waiting time? What is my legal document during the waiting time? Thank you!
  22. Just returned to USA from honeymoon in Thailand. Flew into San Francisco. Was sent for secondary inspection as I was traveling on advance parole. Spoke to 2 DHS officers who stated it will happen every time I return to USA after a trip abroad. Just wanted to share this info as I had read here prior to leaving there was no set rule what happens on returning some people were waved through others sent for secondary. Maybe this is just the case for SFO or new guidelines. After waiting for 1hr&1/2, missing a connecting flight my passport was stamped and I was free to go. I wasnt asked anything this time or required to show any documents I had with me. If you have a connecting flight after entering the States my advice is give yourself a good window of time to allow for secondary inspection. Here on out I expect every time to be sent.
  23. Hi everyone. My sister passed away almost one month ago on September 10th, a few days after I submitted my AOS/EAD/AP package. I called the USCIS the next day to explain the situation and ask to expedite my advance parole. Even if I knew I couldn't be able to make it to her funeral, I still want to go back to France with my wife on her next vacation, to spend time with my family and have a little ceremony together. On September 17th, 6 days after my call, I had an e-mail requesting additional information to make a decision regarding my request and sending it by fax. So I sent the death certificate on September 18th ( receipt saying it was sent to 8162512290). I had my biometrics appointment October 3rd and I'm still waiting for them to answer me. I read that calling the USCIS, they wouldn't know if the fax was received. Did any of you ever requested an expedite advance parole and could tell me how low it took and what was the process after sending evidence? Thank you.
  24. Hi there, I was wondering if anyone might have advice to offer in regards to requesting emergency advance parole. We applied for adjustment of status for my husband about a month ago, and all we've received so far is NOA in the mail for them receiving it which is fine. We filed an I-131 at the time, because my husband's father has been in really poor health. He suffered an aortic aneurysm rupture and has gone through two surgeries in the past year, but a few days ago he suffered from a stroke and his health is declining more so. I've called USCIS twice, once while I was at work and the representative said there was other options to request for emergency advance parole aside from an infopass appointment, but couldn't share the information with me without my husband present. Today I called again and spoke with another representative, I assume from Tier 2 because the first representative transferred me and waited for a call back from them. This representative said an infopass appointment is the only way and can take up to 30 days of processing time, she explained that there is no other way and when I explained that there was no appointments available till two weeks from now, she suggested that I should try a walk-in and see if the office will see me. The nearest office to us is a 4 hour drive away, in Portland, and I haven't heard any positive experiences or success with walk-ins at this office. Is there anyone who has had experience with the Portland field office, or has had experience in the process of getting an emergency advance parole? I've gone ahead with making an appointment in two weeks from now, but we don't know how long his father might have, it could be weeks or days, we don't know. Thank you so much for your time in advance.
  25. Hello! I'm currently filing for my EAD/AP combo card renewal and I'm stuck at the last port/date of entry question in the application. I initially entered the US on k1 visa on July 3rd, 2017 in Atlanta, GA. However, I also went on a 5 day cruise (New Orleans - Mexico - New Orleans) that lasted from Jan 29, 2018 to Feb 3, 2018. The travel history in my I-94 shows my initial port of entry (Atalanta, GA) and the departure in January 2018 for my cruise (doesn't say the specific location though, it just says "unknown") but it doesn't show the arrival. The thing is when I arrived in New Orleans from the cruise, they never checked any of my documents. They didn't scan anything or ran anything through their system so this whole situation is really confusing to me. Now I'm not sure what to say on my application. Do I put July 3rd, 2017, Atlanta, GA or do I put Feb 3, 2018 , New Orleans, LA? I'd really appreciate any help! Thank you!
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