Are you an immigrant living in the U.S. and ever wonder whether you are permitted or what is required to be able to travel internationally without causing yourself problems? Are you eagerly waiting to explore new horizons, but you are worried about the travel permit process? This article will break down the I-131 application for travel permit process for you.
What is USCIS Form I-131?
This form, also known as the Application for Travel Document, is vital for individuals who need to travel internationally while their immigration status is pending. This form allows you to obtain a travel permit, also known as an advance parole document, which ensures your smooth reentry into the United States after your travel abroad.
Who Can File Form I-131?
The form I-131 is primarily intended for certain non-U.S. citizens who fall under specific categories that includes those seeking Adjustment of Status and who have filed or are planning to file an application to become a lawful permanent resident (Green Card holder) in the United States.
This process also applies to Refugees and Asylees who have been granted refugee or asylee status in the United States and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries who already have been granted TPS due to extraordinary circumstances in their home countries. The final category of applicants are DACA recipients who have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status and who have the great need to leave the US for a short period of time. Currently, the filing fee for Form I-131 is $575, but it's crucial to double-check with USCIS website for the most up-to-date fee information since fees can change over time.
Who Cannot File Form I-131?
While many can benefit from filing Form I-131, it's important to note that not everyone is eligible. Certain individuals who are already lawful permanent residents, U.S. citizens, or have those who already have certain visa types usually do not need to file this application. Additionally, those who are outside the United States and are not in one of the above categories may have to explore alternative travel options for entering the US.
What is the Processing Time for Form I-131?
As most are aware, there has been a significant problem with USCIS processing all forms of relief and the processing time for Form I-131 can vary greatly depending on USCIS workload, current policies and the complexity of your case. Typically, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months to get an answer. This is why it is important to stay updated on the status of your case by checking on the USCIS website or by consulting with an immigration attorney. Please contact us to schedule an appointment by calling 888-589-2228 or by using the following link: https://marvinlawoffice.com/schedule-a-consultation/