Navigating Advance Parole: Your Path to Travel and Reconnection

August 14, 2023, 8:01 pm

Advance Parole: Friend or Foe?

In this ever-evolving landscape of immigration processes, let's delve into the realm of Advance Parole with understanding and compassion. We're here to guide you through this intricate journey, helping you make informed decisions while keeping your hopes and dreams in mind.

Imagine this: You're standing at the airport, excitement mingled with uncertainty in your heart. You've got Advance Parole by your side – a document that allows you to leave the United States and return without jeopardizing your green card aspirations. If you're part of the DACA community or navigating the complexities of status adjustment, Advance Parole becomes your ally. And for our DACA peers, it's a protective shield for your DACA status, ensuring its safety while you venture beyond borders. With Advance Parole in hand, you can approach any U.S. port of entry and request parole. Upon approval by immigration officials, you're granted lawful re-entry.

However, it's important to remember that while Advance Parole opens doors, it doesn't guarantee re-entry. The final decision rests with U.S. immigration officials, who assess your situation at the port of entry.

The journey begins with Form I-131, the "Application for Travel Document," and a filing fee of $575. This is your first step in weaving the tapestry of Advance Parole. Supporting evidence showcases your eligibility, and patience becomes your guide as you await the processing period, which typically spans three months.

For those aiming for permanent residence within the U.S., including your Advance Parole request within your status adjustment application streamlines the process, ensuring both avenues progress harmoniously.

For individuals beyond U.S. borders, obtaining Advance Parole requires endorsement from your local U.S. embassy or consulate. The eligibility criteria include submitting an immigrant visa application and explaining the unique circumstances that render a regular visitor visa unattainable.

In circumstances of urgency, Emergency Advance Parole offers an expedited route, accessible through local U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) field offices. Here, compassion meets necessity, granting prompt approval in pressing situations.

Addressing the question of risk associated with Advance Parole is vital. It's akin to taking a calculated step into the unknown. While Advance Parole affords the possibility of requesting parole upon re-entry, the final decision rests with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers. They assess each case individually, emphasizing the humane nature of their role.

For DACA recipients, a unique set of considerations arise due to prior unlawful presence. Understanding these complexities is crucial. Those facing bans from re-entry can explore the option of a waiver of inadmissibility, seeking guidance from experienced legal professionals.

As for individuals navigating status adjustment, the trajectory of your Advance Parole journey converges with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) endorsement of your green card application. Should circumstances lead to a denial of your nonimmigrant status alteration application while abroad, your Advance Parole status could be affected.

Remember, you're not alone on this journey. Legal professionals are here to provide guidance, ensuring that your path through Advance Parole is informed and supported. Your dreams and aspirations are the compass that guides this voyage, and we're here to help you navigate with empathy and understanding.

Apsanlaw Offices