Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 03111740 (posted Nov. 17, 2003)"
U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services
Contact: Dan Kane
November 14, 2003
IMMIGRANTS REMINDED TO OBTAIN ADVANCED PAROLE BEFORE TRAVELING
WASHINGTON, DC - U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reminds
immigrants to obtain Advanced Parole before traveling abroad. Advanced
Parole (Form I-131-- Application for Travel Document) is permission to re-enter
the United States after traveling abroad, and allows for the continuation of
processing for an adjustment of status to that of lawful permanent
“I want America’s immigrant population to know before they go. These
requirements must be met before leaving and are imperative for return to the
U.S.,” said Director Eduardo Aguirre. “This reminder is consistent with
our commitment to world-class customer service and enhancing the integrity of
our immigration system.”
Travel outside of the United States without advance parole may have severe
consequences for certain immigrants who are in the process of adjusting their
status. Such immigrants may be unable to return to the United States and
their applications may be denied.
The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996
stipulates that immigrants who depart the United States after being unlawfully
present in the United States for certain periods can be barred from admission to
lawful permanent resident status, even if they have obtained Advance
Parole. Those immigrants who have been unlawfully present in the United
States for more than 180 days, but less than one year are inadmissible for three
years; those who have been unlawfully present for a year or more are
inadmissible for 10 years. Immigrants, who are unlawfully present, depart
the U.S. and subsequently re-enter under a grant of parole, may nevertheless be
ineligible to adjust their status.
USCIS urges all immigrants with pending applications for adjustment of status
to consult its National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283, www.uscis.gov, an immigration attorney, or an
immigration assistance organization accredited by the Board of Immigration
Appeals before making any travel plans.
On March 1, 2003, U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services
became one of three legacy INS components to join the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security. USCIS is charged with fundamentally transforming and
improving the delivery of immigration and citizenship services, while enhancing
the integrity of our nation's security.