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About Application for Travel Document

The travel document allows anyone living in the United States to travel abroad and reenter after a short trip while waiting for their green card. The USCIS denies any green card application as soon as the applicant leaves the United States while that application is pending unless he/she has a valid travel document. So, this is mandatory to travel internationally until one becomes a lawful permanent resident of the U.S.

USCIS dedicated the Form-131 to three different types of travel documents:

  1. Permit: Lawful or conditional permanent residents who plan to travel abroad for more than one year may apply for admission to the United States upon returning from outside the U.S.
  2. Refugee Travel Document: Individuals with granted refugee or asylum status can apply for this type of travel document to travel abroad and return to the United States.
  3. Advance Parole Document: It is a temporary travel authorization that gives nonimmigrants permission to reenter the United States after traveling abroad.

Eligibility to Apply for Travel Document

Eligibility requirements for the Application for Travel Document are listed below.

  1. Reentry Permit
    1. The applicant must be either a lawful permanent resident or a conditional permanent resident
    2. The applicant must be physically present in the United States at the time of filing the Reentry Permit
    3. The applicant must not have already been issued such a document or must prove that the previously issued document was lost
  2. Refugee Travel Document
    1. The applicant must have a granted refugee or asylee status
    2. The refugee or asylee must apply for a travel document before leaving the United States
    3. The applicant must appear to have the biometrics collected (if required)
  3. Advance Parole Document
    1. The applicant has a pending adjustment of status application (Form I-485) or Temporary Protected status Application (Form I-821)
    2. The applicant has been granted parole pursuant/temporary resident pursuant/V nonimmigrant status and seeking temporary travel abroad for urgent humanitarian reasons
    3. The applicant must not hold a nonimmigrant status, such as J-1, B-2, H-3 etc.
    4. The applicant must not depart from the United States before the Advance Parole Document is issued.

Required Documents to Apply for Travel Document

Before applying for United States Travel Document, one must have the following documents in hand.

  1. A copy of an official photo identity document
  2. Proof of current status (green card, Form I-94, Form I-766 etc.)
  3. Recently taken two passport size photographs of the applicant

See the complete checklist here from the USCIS to know the required documents for the travel document type you’re applying for.

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Note that: The price mentioned above does not include the standard government fees paid directly to USCIS.

Frequently Asked Questions

USCIS does not specify any standard processing time for Form I-131. However, usually it takes 3-5 months to process Form I-131.

A travel authorization lasts for different periods of time for the following documents:

  1. A copy of an official photo identity document
  2. Proof of current status (green card, Form I-94, Form I-766 etc.)
  3. Recently taken two passport size photographs of the applicant

Filing fees for the Form I-131 are as follows:

  1. FileMyVisa’s application preparation fee is $78
  2. The USCIS filing fee ranges from $105 to $575 depending on your age and type of travel document you are applying
  3. USCIS biometric fee is $85 (if required)

Yes. You must file Form I-131 if you wish to have an international trip.

Yes. It’s always a good practice to consider leaving the U.S. after getting approval on the Travel Document application by USCIS.

You can apply for an Advance Parole Document from outside the U.S. under some special circumstances.

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