Advanced Parole Lawyers
If you have the leave the United States because of an emergency you may need to obtain travel documents to re-enter the country. There are many travel documents that you must obtain if you wish to re-enter the country after traveling outside the United States. One of these documents includes advanced parole.
What Is Advance Parole?
Advance Parole allows foreign nationals, traveling abroad, to re-enter the U.S. if they do not have a valid immigrant visa. Generally, aliens who have pending applications for immigration benefits or who want to change their nonimmigrant status will need advance parole to re-enter the United States after going overseas.
When Should I Apply For Advance Parole?
If you are applying for advance parole because of a pending application for adjustment of status, you must be approved before leaving the United States. This is to avoid the termination of your pending application for adjustment of status. You should also apply for advance parole if:
- You hold refugee or asylum status and intend to depart temporarily to apply for a U.S. immigrant visa in Canada; and/or
- You have a personal emergency or bona fide reason to travel overseas.
Does Advance Parole Apply to All Aliens?
No, advance parole does not apply to aliens who have applied to adjust to permanent resident status and who maintain:
- H-1B visas and their dependents
- L-1 visas and their dependents
- V visas
- K visas
Do I Need a Lawyer?
Because of increased security threats and changes to U.S. immigration law, travel outside the United States may have severe consequences for people adjusting their status or extending their non-immigrant stay. Because you may not be allowed to re-enter the country, an experienced immigration attorney can ensure you have the proper documentation before you leave.
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Last Modified: 11-30-2010 02:27 PM PST
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