Is Your Application for the Advance Parole Travel Document in Jeopardy? USCIS Issues New Guidance
If you are a foreign national present in the U.S. and wish to travel outside of the U.S., you may come across a situation when you need to complete an Application for an Advance Parole Travel Document. Anyone who is applying for or who has already applied for this document should take note of a recent U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USICIS) update to determine if it is applicable to them.
If a foreign national applies for an advance parole travel document and departs the U.S. without possession of this document that is valid for the entire time the applicant is abroad, USCIS will consider the pending application abandoned. In that situation, an applicant would be responsible for beginning the entire application process from scratch.
USCIS also notes that it is possible for an individual to have an approved advance parole document while another advance parole document is pending with the agency. Individuals are permitted to travel on the approved advance parole document, so long as the document is valid for the entire time abroad. In this situation, a pending Application for an Advance Parole Travel Document will not be considered abandoned. The main distinction USCIS highlights with this update is whether or not the current advance parole document is valid for the entire time an applicant is abroad to determine if a pending application is considered abandoned.
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