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Advance Parole

What is Advance Parole?

Advance parole is a travel document issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, on Form I-512L that allows certain noncitizens inside the United States to depart and seek to reenter the country after temporary travel abroad. The categories of noncitizens who qualify for advance parole from USCIS include applicants for asylum, TPS recipients, DACA recipients, and recipients of humanitarian parole under INA § 212(d)(5). USCIS is currently accepting applications for advance parole documents based on the terms that were in place under the original 2012 DACA program.

DACA and Advance Parole

DACA recipients are able to apply for permission to travel outside of the United States for specific reasons. Advance Parole will only be granted for humanitarian, educational, and employment purposes. Examples of each purpose include:

Humanitarian: visiting an ailing relative, medical assistance, attending funeral services for a family member, other urgent family-related matters

Educational: study abroad programs through school or academic research

Work: conferences and trainings, meetings, overseas assignments, and meetings

Advance Parole application must be approved BEFORE traveling outside of the U.S. Being granted Advance Parole does not guarantee re-entry. It is important that you speak with an immigration attorney to understand your situation before traveling outside of the U.S. Also keep in mind that there are travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How do I file for Advance Parole?

Advance parole applications are filed with USCIS using Form I-131. The current filing fee is $575. Advance parole applications are not eligible for a fee waiver. All applicants must indicate on the I-131 the purpose of their travel, the country or countries they intend to visit, the number of trips planned, and the circumstances that warrant issuance of advance parole. 

I-131, Application for Travel Document

CARECEN offers legal advance parole application service to CSUSB students and their immediate family. Be guided by an attorney to submit your advance parole application. Make appointment

*A grant of advance parole from USCIS does not guarantee reentry to the United States. Customs and Border Protection, or CBP, inspects advance parole holders at the port-of-entry and has the discretion to find someone inadmissible under INA § 212(a) or otherwise deny entry.

United We Dream applying for Advance Parole

When Is Advance Parole an Option?