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Do I need to leave the U.S.? Form I-131, application for travel document

Filling out form I-131 for advance parole


What do I need to leave the U.S.?

Question: What is a Travel Document and Who Needs One?

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Answer: If you are not a U.S. citizen, you may need permission to return to the United States after traveling abroad.
This permission is granted through a travel document.
Travel documents are also given to people who want to travel, but cannot get a passport from their country of nationality.

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Question: How do I file for a travel document?

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Answer: You must file USCIS Form I-131, Application for a Travel Document, complete with supporting documentation, photos and applicable fees.
If you are a permanent resident or conditional resident, you must attach a copy of the alien registration receipt card; or if you have not yet received your alien registration receipt card.
A copy of the biographic page of your passport and the page of your passport indicating initial admission as a permanent resident, or other evidence that you are a permanent resident; or a copy of the approval notice of a separate application for replacement of the alien registration receipt card or temporary evidence of permanent resident status.

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Question: How can I file for Advance Parole?


Answer: If you are in the United States, you must show a copy of any document issued to you by the Service showing your present status in the United States; An explanation or other evidence demonstrating the circumstances that warrant issuance of Advance Parole.
If you are basing your eligibility for Advance Parole on a separate application for adjustment of status or asylum, you must also attach a copy of the filing receipt for that application.
If you are traveling to Canada to apply for an immigrant visa, you must also attach a copy of the consular appointment.

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Question: Where should I file?

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Answer: Where to file the Form I-131 depends upon the benefit sought. Thus, there is not only one single place to file.


Question: When should I File?

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Answer: You must apply for the travel document before leaving the United States.
Failure to do so may cause you to lose permission to re-enter the country, and lead to the denial of any other applications.