INSTRUCTIONS: APPLICATION FOR TRAVEL DOCUMENT (Form I-131)
Form I-131 is for resident aliens and refugees within the United States to apply for a reentry form if they travel abroad. It can also be used to apply for “advanced parole” for foreign citizens requesting entry on emergency or humanitarian grounds. This document from US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can be obtained directly from their website.
Application for Travel Document I-131 Step 1: Under “Part 1,” list your name, address, gender, current residential status, countries of birth and citizenship and social security number if applicable.
Application for Travel Document I-131 Step 2: Under “Part 2,” check the box next to the listed application types indicating your purpose. These include options for permanent or conditional residents seeking a reentry permit for when they return from a trip abroad, refugees or asylees wishing to travel abroad, and those seeking advanced parole for themselves or others.
Application for Travel Document I-131 Step 3: If applying for advanced parole for another person, list their name, address and other requested information.
Application for Travel Document I-131 Step 4: Under “Part 3,” list the date you intend to leave the country, the length of your trip and indicate if you are involved in any review of your residential status. Indicate if you have been issued a reentry or refugee travel document before. Indicate whether you want this document sent to the address listed above, or to a consulate, embassy or DHS office overseas. Provide an address where notice that this document has arrived can be sent.
Application for Travel Document I-131 Step 5: Under “Part 4,” list the purpose of your trip and the countries you intend to visit.
Application for Travel Document I-131 Step 6: If a permanent resident applying for a reentry document, under “Part 5” list how much time you have spent outside the United States since receiving this status or during the last 5 years, whichever is less.
Application for Travel Document I-131 Step 7: If a refugee or asylee, under “Part 6” indicate if you are returning the country you fled from.
Application for Travel Document I-131 Step 8: If applying for advanced parole, under “Part 7” indicate where the document should sent.
Application for Travel Document I-131 Step 9: Sign, date and submit the document to the address indicated in form instructions.
Detailed Instructions for Form I-131 EXPLAINED AND SIMPLIFIED
Instructions for submitting a travel document to Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
What is the purpose of this form?
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The form below is used to apply for travel documents issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, USCIS, issues the following travel documents.
1Reentry permit A Reentry permit allows a permanent resident who is a conditional resident or a permanent resident with a legal status to apply for admission into the United States when returning from abroad, during the validity of the permit. This does not require a visa for returning residents from an American Embassy or Consulate.
2Refugee travel document A Refugee Travel Certificate is issued to an asylee or refugee who has a valid status or to a permanent resident with a status of refugee, asylee or lawful asylee that was obtained in the United States. If you are not a lawful permanent resident and have asylee, refugee, or asylee status in the United States but do not possess an Advance Parole Document then you will need a Refugee travel document to return. When you present your travel documents, a Department of Homeland Security officer will check your eligibility.
3Advanced Parole Document For Individuals Currently In The United States Parole is a document that allows an alien to enter the United States physically for a particular purpose. A person who has been paroled has not been admitted into the United States. They remain “applicant” for admission even though they are on parole. DHS may, at its discretion, issue an Advance Parole document to allow an alien to apply for parole in the United States by appearing at a port of entry. A transportation company may accept the document in place of a visa to authorize the holder’s travel to the United States. The Advance Parole document is not intended to replace any passport.
Warning: The document will not grant you parole into the United States. A separate decision regarding a parole request will be made at your port of entry upon return. WARNING: DHS can revoke your Advance Parole document at any time. This includes while you are out of the United States. In this case, you might not be able to return to America unless you possess a valid visa. If you have already applied to adjust your status in the United States, and you depart the country without obtaining an advance parole document, then it is considered that you have abandoned the application. If you are currently in one or more of the nonimmigrant categories and you would still be eligible to apply for admission in the port of entry, your application for adjustment will not be considered abandoned.
A H-1 temporary worker or H-4 child or spouse of an H-1.
A L-1 intracompany transferee or L-2 spouse of or child of an L-1.
A K-3 spouse or K-4 child is a U.S. Citizen.
A V-1 spouse or V-2/V-3 children of a legal permanent resident.
Form I-131 Instructions 06/06/23 F Page 1 of 17.
Note: Most individuals returning to the United States must have a valid nonimmigrant H, L or K visa. They must also be admissible. You will need to apply for a H, L or K nonimmigrant Visa if you don’t have one. Reentry requires a valid visa for nonimmigrants, an advance parole or another travel document.
4Advanced Parole Documents for Individuals Outside of the United States An Advance Parole Document is an extraordinary measure that is used sparingly. It allows an alien who is otherwise inadmissible to travel to the United States, and to apply for parole for a temporary time period due to urgent humanitarian or public benefits (public benefit parole is usually limited to reasons related to homeland security or law enforcement). The Advance Parole document cannot be used as a way to circumvent the normal visa-issuance procedure and it is not a way to bypass visa delays.
5Advanced Permission for Travel by CNMI Residents. A grant of Advanced Permission for Travel allows CNMI residents who would otherwise be prohibited from traveling to other parts of the United States to travel for temporary, legitimate reasons to any part of the United States without terminating their CNMI resident status. CNMI residents who wish to travel outside the CNMI (including Guam) must first obtain permission. Traveling in violation of the restrictions will automatically terminate your status. Direct transit through Guam is not required for travel to or from foreign countries.
Who Can File Form I-131
Each applicant must submit a separate travel document application.
Note: Form I-131 should not be filed if you wish to remain in the United States after being released from immigration custody. Contact ICE to discuss your request.
1. Reentry Permit
a. You can apply for a Reentry Permit if you are a permanent resident in the United States or a conditional resident. When you submit the Reentry Permit and complete the required biometric services, you must be physically in the United States. USCIS will notify you by letter when your appointment for biometrics services is at your local Application Support Center. (See item number 3. (See Item Number 3.
If you request it when you submit your application, you may receive a Reentry Permit at a U.S. embassy, U.S. consulate, or DHS overseas office.
A Reentry Permit will not excuse you from complying with the immigration laws of the United States, except for the requirement to obtain a returning-resident visa abroad. Reentry Permits are valid and unexpired, so you won’t be considered to have abandoned your status of lawful permanent or conditional resident because you were absent from the United States during the period the permit was valid.
Naturalization is generally not possible if you are absent from the United States more than one year. You may be able to submit Form N-470 if you plan to stay outside the United States at least one year. Contact your local USCIS for more information.
Instructions for Form I-131 06/06/23 F Page 2 of 17.
Validity of the Reentry Permit
(1) A Reentry Permit granted to a permanent lawful resident will generally be valid for two years after the date of issue. 8 CFR section 223(a)(1). If you have lived outside the United States in the past 5 years, your permit will only be valid for 1 year. However, 2 years permits may be granted to:
a) A lawful resident who is traveling on an order from the U.S. government, except for exclusions, deportations, removals, or revocation orders;
(b) An employee of a public organization to which the United States belongs by statute or treaty;
(c) An athlete who is a lawful permanent resident and competes regularly in the United States or elsewhere.
(2) A Reentry Permit granted to a conditional resident permanent is valid for two years, either from the date it was issued or until the conditional resident permanent must apply to remove the conditions that are attached to his or her status.
The Reentry Permit cannot be extended.
If you are:
(1) If you have been issued a similar document before, it still remains valid unless it has been returned to USCIS, or if you can prove that it was stolen or lost.
(2) An announcement was published in Federal Register prohibiting the issuance such a document to travel to the region where you plan to go.
A dNOTICE is given to all lawful permanent and conditional permanent residents regarding possible abandonment. If you don’t obtain a Reentry Permit then long or frequent absences could be considered as factors that support a conclusion you have abandoned your status of lawful permanent resident. You can challenge DHS’s determination that you abandoned your status as a lawful permanent residence if they determine that you did so upon your return.
2. Refugee Travel Document
If you have a valid refugee, asylee, or lawful permanent residence status in the United States as a result of that status, you can apply for a Refugee travel document. Before you leave the United States, you should apply for a Refugee travel document. You may have your application denied if you do not appear for biometric services. USCIS will notify you by letter when to visit your local USCIS ASC to schedule your biometrics appointment after filing your application for the Refugee Travel document. If you are returning to the United States from temporary travel abroad, you will need a Refugee Document unless you have other documentation such as a passport or Permanent Resident card. If you ask for it, you can pick up a Refugee Travel document at a U.S. Consulate or DHS office overseas.
If you live outside the United States, and:
(1) Be in possession of a valid refugee or asylum status.
If you are a lawful resident in the United States as a result of your status as a refugee or asylee, then you may be allowed to submit Form I-131. You can also apply for a Refugee travel document. This decision is made at the discretion of the USCIS Overseas Director who has jurisdiction over your location. You must file your application within one year of the last time you left the United States. It should also include a reason why you did not apply for a refugee travel document before you left the United States.
Instructions for Form I-131 06/06/23 F Page 3 of 17.
Travel Alert Regarding Voluntary Return of Service
Asylees traveling to the country where they claim persecution are warned: If you filed for asylum after April 1, 1997 or before, your asylum may be terminated by the U.S. government if it determines you have taken advantage of the protection offered by your country of citizenship or, if you’re stateless, the country in which you last lived. See section 208 (c)(2) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 USC 1158 (c)(2).
Validity of Refugee Document (1) Refugee Documents are valid for one year. (2) A Refugee’s Travel Document cannot be extended.
You may not receive a Refugee Travel Document if you:
(1) If you have been issued a similar document, it remains valid unless it has been returned to USCIS; or
(2) An announcement was published in Federal Register prohibiting the issuance such a document to travel to the region where you plan to go.
Note: You must apply for a Refugee travel document before leaving the United States. If you request it when you submit your application, you can have a Refugee travel document sent to you at a U.S. embassy, U.S. consulate, or DHS overseas office. The decision on an application is not affected by a departure from the United States prior to a decision being made. If biometrics is required, and the applicant leaves the United States prior to collecting biometrics, the application could be denied.
ADVICE to lawful permanent resident who have obtained permanent residence due to their refugee or asylum status: If you don’t obtain a Reentry permit (see Item 1), and remain outside the United States, long or frequent absences from the United States could be factors supporting a conclusion that you have abandoned your lawful permanent resident status. If you do not obtain a Reentry permit (see Item 1) and remain outside of the United States, your frequent or long absences could support a conclusion that it is likely you have abandoned the status of lawful permanent resident. A Reentry Permit will not excuse you from complying with the immigration laws of the United States, except for the requirement to obtain a returning-resident visa abroad. Reentry Permits are valid for a period of time, and if they expire you won’t be considered to have given up your status as lawful permanent residents or conditional permanent residents.
A period of absence of 1 year or longer from the United States will usually break your continuous residence requirement for naturalization. You may be able to submit Form N-470 if you plan to stay outside the United States at least one year. Contact your local USCIS for more information.
If DHS determines that you abandoned your lawful resident status upon returning to the United States you can challenge this determination if placed in removal proceedings and ask a decision whether you may still retain your asylum status, even if it is not possible for you to retain your lawful resident status.
3. Select Item 1.d. if you are currently in the United States and any of the items under item a. apply to your situation. In Part 2 of the form, select Item Number 1.d. a. You can apply for an Advance Parole document if you’re in the United States.
(1) You are unable to travel to another country because you have an pending Form I-485 application for a change of status. However, you may be able to travel temporarily abroad if it is “urgently humanitarian” or to further a “significant benefit to the public”, which can include a family or personal emergency, or legitimate business purposes.
(2) You are in the process of filing a Form I-821 for Temporary Protected Status, have received TPS or been granted nonimmigrant T or U status. If you meet the TPS requirements, you will be allowed to keep TPS. You will not lose your TPS if you leave the United States and return during the validity of your Advance Parole Document.
Form I-131 Instructions 06/06/23 F Page 4 of 17.
Important: If your TPS application or another application is pending, and you leave on advance parole from the United States, you could miss important USCIS notices regarding your application. This includes requests for additional proof. USCIS could deem that your application has been abandoned if you don’t respond to these notices in a timely manner. In this case, you won’t receive the benefit sought. You must make sure that you don’t miss important notices.
(3) You are granted parole in accordance with INA section 212d)(5) AND you wish to travel temporarily abroad for urgent humanitarian purposes or to further a significant benefit to the public. Travel for humanitarian reasons can include medical treatment, attending funeral services or visiting a sick relative.
(4) USCIS, or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deferred your case as a child arrival based upon the guidelines described in Secretary of Homeland Security’s memorandum dated June 15, 2012 (“Deferred Action for Childhood Aliens” (DACA)). USCIS can grant an advance parole at its discretion if you travel outside of the United States to study, work, or for humanitarian reasons.
a) For educational purposes, including but not limited to academic research or semester abroad programs;
(b) Employment includes, but is not limited to, overseas assignment, interviews, conferences or training;
Travel for humanitarian purposes includes, but is not limited to: obtaining medical treatment, attending funeral services of a deceased family member or visiting a sick relative.
Note: Traveling for vacations is not an acceptable purpose. If you do not include Form I-131 in your deferred actions request, your package may be returned to your.
USCIS has granted IMMACT 90 benefits or LIFE Act Family Unity Program, AND you wish to travel temporarily abroad for urgent humanitarian purposes or in order to further a significant benefit of the public, including a family or personal emergency, or bonafide business reasons.
(6) You are a temporary resident under INA section 245, and you wish to travel temporarily abroad for humanitarian or public benefits, including a family or personal emergency, or for legitimate business purposes.
(7) You are granted V status as a nonimmigrant in the United States AND you wish to travel abroad temporarily due to urgent humanitarian or public benefits, such as a family or personal emergency, or for legitimate business purposes.
b. Travel Warning
Please read this travel warning before applying for an Advance Parole Document.
If you receive any type of Advance Parole document while in the United States, you must:
Even with an Advance Parole Document you may not be able to return to the United States if you leave the United States.
(2) If you return to the United States using an Advance Parole document, you are considered a “applicant” for admission.
(3) If you apply for admission you will be subjected to an inspection at a port of entry. You may be denied admission if you’re found inadmissible according to any applicable provisions of INA sections 212(a), 235, or any other provision of U.S. Law regarding denials of admission to the United States. If DHS finds that you are not admissible, then you could be subjected to removal proceedings by an immigration judge or expedited removal procedures.
(4) As stated above, the issuance of a Parole Advance Document DOES NOT give you parole rights and does NOT guarantee that DHS is going to grant you parole upon your return.
Instructions for Form I-131 06/06/23 F Page 5 of 17.
As mentioned above, DHS makes a discretionary decision each time that you use an Advance Parole Document for a return to the United States.
(6) You will still be considered a candidate for admission if you are paroled back into the United States upon your return.
(7) As stated above, DHS can revoke your Advance Parole document at any time. This includes while you are out of the United States. DHS can revoke your parole if you are already paroled. This is in accordance with the 8 CFR 212.5. You may not be able to return to the United States without a valid visa, or another document that allows you to travel and seek admission to the United States.
If you are already in the United States at the time that DHS revokes your parole or terminates it, you may be removed as an unparoled candidate for admission and inadmissible as per INA Section 212 rather than an admitted alien deportable as per INA Section 237. If you have received deferred actions under DACA you should be aware of these additional facts:
You should not travel out of the United States until USCIS has granted your request for an Advance Parole Document. If you travel out of the United States, USCIS could terminate your deferred actions and affect your ability to renew DACA.
Your case will continue to be delayed if you receive an Advance Parole document in conjunction with a decision deferring removal action in your case. If, on your return to the United States, you are paroled, then your case is generally deferred. The deferral continues until either the date stated by USCIS/ICE in the notice of deferral sent to you, or until your removal case is terminated.
If you were ordered to be excluded, removed or deported and have left the United States before your removal, exclusion or deportation proceedings had been reopened, administratively closed, or terminated, you will still be considered removed or deported even if USCIS and ICE have deferred your case in DACA, and you’ve been granted advanced parole.
If you are in America and request an Advance Parole document, you may not receive one if you:
(1) You have a nonimmigrant visa, such as J-1. This status is subject to a 2-year requirement for foreign residence. If you were subject to the requirement, but now are eligible to apply for an adjustment of status as a lawful permanent residence, USCIS will consider your application for advanced parole.
(2) You are involved in an exclusion, removal, deportation or rescission proceeding, unless DACA has granted you deferred actions. You can, however, ask ICE for parole. Please see NOTE below.
Your application for an Advance Parole Document may be abandoned if you leave the United States prior to receiving the Advance Parole Document.
Note: This form should not be used if you wish to remain in the United States after being released from immigration custody. You should contact your local ICE office about your request (www.ice.gov/contact/ero).
4. The Advance Parole document for Persons Outside of the United States
a. If you, or another person is outside of the United States but needs to temporarily visit the United States for an urgent humanitarian purpose or significant public benefit
Form I-131 Instructions 06/06/23 F Page 6 of 17.
(1) If you are unable to obtain a visa or any waiver of inadmissibility, you may apply for a Parole Document. In these circumstances, an Advance Parole document is granted for a temporary time period, depending on any conditions placed on parole.
This application can be filed by a person in the United States. The individual completing the application must provide information about themselves in Part 1 of the form.
(3) If you have been paroled to the United States with an Advanced Parole Document and you need to stay in the United States longer than the authorized period of parole to fulfill the purpose for which the parole was approved, then you must submit a Form I131 along with all supporting documents to request a parole authorization. Type or print REPAIR in capital letters on the top portion of the Form I131.
b. A Filipino WWII Veterans Parole Program (FWVP) may grant an Advance Parole document to individuals who meet the requirements outside of the United States.
Check the box 1f if you are eligible. Under Part 2. of Form.
Note: A derivative beneficiary may only receive benefits when the principal beneficiary does. Each principal beneficiary and each derivative beneficiary must submit a separate application with corresponding fees. When mailing to USCIS, applications for the principal beneficiary as well as any derivative beneficiaries of that beneficiary must be sent in one package.
(1) Filipino WWII Veterans Parole (FWVP) Program. USCIS, under the FWVP, offers beneficiaries of family immigrant petitions that were approved at or before the time the request for advance parole was filed, the opportunity to apply on a case by case basis for a discretionary grant in the United States prior to the availability of their immigrant Visas. This program does not require an invitation to apply for parole.
This program allows you to apply for parole in behalf of family members if the following conditions are met:
(a) You live in the United States, and you are a Filipino World War II Veteran, as defined under section 405 IMMACT 90 as amended or the surviving spouse;
If you have filed a Form I-130 for a relative whose visa has not yet been issued (as shown in the chart of the Department of State Visa Bulletin), whose Form I-130 was approved at or before the time your request for advanced parole under the FWVP Program is submitted;
If you have a qualifying relationship with a family member, it must be established before or on May 9, 2016.
Note: If you’re the surviving spouse or child of a Filipino World War II Veteran, you can only apply for a parole under the FWVP Program on behalf of a son or daughter that is also a son or daughter of this veteran. If you are the surviving spouse of a Filipino World War II veteran, you may only apply for parole through the FWVP Program on behalf of a child, son, or daughter who is also the child, son, or daughter the deceased veteran.
Note: In the event that both the veteran of World War II and his/her spouse have died, certain beneficiaries who were granted parole by USCIS under this program can apply on their behalf.
Note: For more information on eligibility for the FWVP Program, please visit www.uscis.gov/FWVP.
5. CNMI Residents with Long-Term Residences: Travel Permission in Advance
If you are eligible, write or print CNMI RESIDENT TRAVEL LONG-TERM at the top of Form I-131. DO NOT check a Box in Part 2.
Instructions for Form I-131 06/06/23 F Page 7 of 17.
Note: If you do not indicate CNMI LONG TERM RESIDENT TRAVEL at the top of the application form, your application may be rejected.
If you are a CNMI Long-Term Resident, pursuant to Public Law 116-24 (Northern Mariana Islands Legal Residents Relief Act) (48 U.S.C. You may apply for an Advance Permission for Travel for CNMI Residents. You must get advance permission to travel outside the CNMI if you have CNMI resident status. This includes Guam. Direct transit through Guam is not required for travel to or from foreign places.
To request permission to travel in advance, you must complete Form I-131 and follow the instructions in this document. You must include a written statement along with your Form I-131 and proof of CNMI resident status. This should describe: (1) the purpose of your travel, (2) dates and locations of your trip, and (3) your destination. Include any supporting documents you would like USCIS to take into consideration when deciding on your request.
Travel Warnings: If you travel directly to Guam or anywhere else in the United States (not as a direct transit from the CNMI to a foreign country) without permission, you will automatically lose your status and may face removal from the United States. Traveling to Guam, or anywhere else in the United States, without permission, or in violation of other restrictions concerning dates, destinations, or purposes of travel will automatically terminate your status. You may also be removed from the United States. The approval is usually limited to six months. The advance permission for travel can be valid for a single entry or multiple entries depending on what the stated purpose is.
6. Operation Allies Welcome (OAW), Employment Authorization
In Part 8, Item 1, applicants who have previously been paroled through the Operation Allies Welcome program (OAW) and are now applying for a renewed period of parole may request an initial or renewed Employment Authorization Document (EAD). They can do this by selecting either “Yes” (yes) or “No”. The EAD is not issued until the new OAW parole period has been approved. It will also not be given if the new period of parole has been denied. OAW applicants who ask for employment authorization on the USCIS I-131 do not need to submit USCIS Form I-765 – Application for Employment Authorization. If you want to get a Social Security Number and/or Social Security Card, contact the Social Security Administration.
Instructions for Use
The data that you enter on this form will be captured by 2D barcodes if you complete it using a computer. This capture ensures that data entered by you is accurate. The 2D barcode at the bottom of the page will change as you fill out each field. USCIS will extract data from your form using the 2D barcode. Please do not damage or alter the 2D barcode in any way (puncture it, staple it, spill liquid on it, write on top of that, etc.). This could prevent USCIS from processing your application in a timely manner.
USCIS offers most forms for free in PDF format through its website. In order to view, print, or fill out our forms, you should use the latest version of Adobe Reader, which can be downloaded for free at http://get.adobe.com/reader/.
Instructions for Form I-131 06/06/23 F Page 8 of 17.
Each application must be signed properly and include the correct fee. See the section What is the filing fee of these instructions. Photocopies of signed applications or typewritten names in place of signatures are not acceptable. Your parent or legal guardian can sign your application if you are younger than 14 years old.
Biometrics Services Appointment. USCIS will notify you by letter when your appointment for biometric services is scheduled. If you fail to show up for the biometrics appointment, your application may be denied.
Copies. A legible photocopy can be submitted unless an original document is required. If you submit original documents that are not needed, they may be kept on record and not automatically returned.
How to Fill out Form I-131
Type or print legibly with black ink.
If you need more space to answer a question, attach an extra sheet. Type or print the Alien Registration Number(A-Number), if applicable, at the top of the sheet. Indicate the Part and the Item Numbers that your answer refers to. Date and sign the sheet.
Answer all questions completely and accurately. Print or type N/A if an answer or item does not apply.
1. Initial Evidence
Please include with all applications a copy an official photo identification document that shows your name, photo and date of birth. Examples: A valid driver’s licence, passport page, Form I-551 Permanent Resident card, or any other official identification document. The photo and information about your identity must be clearly visible on the copy. The Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record cannot be used as a photo ID document.
All required documentation must be submitted with your application. The issuance of your requested document will be delayed if you do not submit the required evidence. USCIS can request more information or proof or request that you attend a USCIS Office for an interview or fingerprinting. (See item 3. Biometric Services Requirement (see below).
You are applying for a:
(1) A copy of both the front and rear of your Form I-551
(2) If you do not have your Form I-551 yet, you must provide a photocopy of the biographic page of your passport, and a photocopy of the visa showing your initial admission to the status of a permanent lawful resident. You may also submit other proof that you are such a resident.
The Form I-797, Notification of Action or the approval notice for your application to replace Form I-551, or temporary proof of lawful permanent residency status.
Instructions for Form I-131 06/06/23 F Page 9 of 17.
Refugee Travel Document: You must attach the copy of your USCIS issued document showing that you are a refugee or an asylee and the date the status expires.
If you are currently in the United States you must:
(1) A copy any document you have received from USCIS that shows your current status in the United States, if applicable;
(2) A statement or other evidence that explains the circumstances which warrant the issuance of a Parole Advance Document.
(3) If you’re an applicant for adjustment status, you must provide a copy USCIS receipt to prove that you have filed your adjustment application.
(4) If you’re traveling to Canada for the purpose of applying for an immigrant Visa, a copy your appointment letter from the U.S. Consulate;
(5) If USCIS deferred action on your Form I-821D, you must submit a copy of Form I-797 Notice of Action showing the USCIS decision. You must submit a copy if ICE has deferred your action under DACA. The fourth part of the application must be completed to indicate how the travel you intend to make fits into one of the three purposes listed below. You must provide proof of your travel reason outside the United States, including dates and duration of travel. The validity of your Advance Parole document will depend on the length of time that you have documented your need to travel. Here are some examples of acceptable proof: Educational Purposes
(a) An official letter from an employee of the school describing the purpose and benefit of the trip;
Document proving enrollment in a program that requires travel.
Employment Purposes: A letter from the employer or conference host explaining the reason for your travel. Humanitarian purposes
(a) A medical letter from your doctor explaining your condition, the medical treatment you need to seek outside of the United States and why it is necessary for your health.
(b) Documentation a serious illness or death of a member of your family.
dDocument d’avance parole pour les personnes residing à l’extérieur des États-Unis (1) If you apply for a Document d’avance parole for an individual residing à l’extérieur des États-Unis under the FWVP program, you must include:
Your Form I-797 (Notice of Action) approving your Form I-135, or a printout of Case Status Online showing an approved Form I-135, Petition for Alien Relative filed by your family member’s Filipino veteran or surviving spouse;
Complete the form I-134 Declaration of Financial Support as instructed in the instructions for Form I-134.
Instructions for Form I-131
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(iii). Evidence that the Filipino veteran’s World War II service has been previously recognized by U.S. Army, as defined in section 405 of Immigration Act of 1990 as amended.
(iv). If you are a surviving spouse, please provide proof of your marriage and a copy the veteran’s death certificates.
Note: To apply for a child as a derivative beneficiary, the child must be younger than 21 and not married at the time USCIS receives your FWVP application on their behalf. They must also meet the definition of ‘child’ under INA section 203 (d). If you also want to apply for the principal beneficiary of that approved Form I-130, then you can only request a derivative beneficiary.
Note: If you qualify to apply for parole yourself under the FWVP as described in Who May File Form I131? section of these instructions, you will need to complete the documentation described above. You will also need to submit proof of a qualifying relationship with a deceased Filipino World War II Veteran or his or spouse.
Please see the “Filipino WWII Veterans Program” on www.uscis.gov/FWVP for more information about required documentation.
You must attach the following documents if you apply for an Advance Parole document for an individual outside of the United States, whether it is for you or for another person.
a) A detailed explanation of the urgent humanitarian reason or the significant public benefit for which you are requesting an Advance Parole document, an explanation of the time period for which parole is being requested, as well as copies of any evidence supporting your request.
(b) Affidavit Form I-134;
(c) An explanation as to why the visa could not be obtained in the United States, including where and when attempts were made, or why entry to the United States was not requested.
(d) A statement explaining the reasons why you cannot obtain a waiver to be eligible for a visa. Include when and where you tried to get a permit, as well as a copy of your DHS decision regarding your waiver request or an explanation why a grant has not been requested;
(e) a copy of the decision made on any immigrant, non-immigrant, or petition or application that was filed by an individual who is seeking entry to the United States and any evidence pertaining to any immigrant, non-immigrant, or petition or application that may be pending;
(f) Additional to the identification document described at Item 1. Initial Evidence is the document described above unless it is a passport valid:
(i) a copy of the biographical section of the passport of the beneficiary or, if one is not present, an explanation as to why it is unavailable and another document issued by the government that establishes his citizenship.
(ii) A copy of the sponsor’s Form I-134 and the petitioner’s official identification documents, as well as proof of citizenship or U.S. Immigration status (such a a U.S. Passport, a lawful permanent residence card or a birth certificate).
Note: Copies of both sides must be provided if a civil document supporting a request for an advance parole contains annotations either on the front or back of the original document.
NOTE: Additional information regarding types of evidence that may be relevant to specific parole requests is described under “Humanitarian Parole” at www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/humanitarian-parole.
e. Permission for Long-Term Residents of the CNMI to Travel in Advance
If you are eligible, write or print CNMI RESIDENT TRAVEL LONG-TERM at the top of Form I-131. DO NOT check a Box in Part 2.
Form I-131 Instructions 06/06/23 F Page 11 of 17.
Note: If you do not indicate CNMI LONG TERM RESIDENT TRAVEL at the top of your form, it may lead to the rejection of your request.
(1) A copy of both the front and back of Form I-766, indicating CNMI resident status.
(2) If you do not have your Form I-766 yet, a copy the Form I-797 Notice of Action, indicating that your CNMI Long-Term Resident Status has been approved.
(3) A statement that explains the purpose of the travel you intend to make, including dates and destinations;
You may include any supporting documents that you would like USCIS to take into consideration when deciding on your request.
If you are outside of the United States, and you want to apply for a Refugee travel document or an Advance Parole Document. You will need to submit two identical color photos of yourself that were taken within 30 calendar days after the submission of your application. The photos should have a white or off-white background and printed on glossy paper. They must also be unmounted and without retouching. Note: Due to the USCIS scanning procedure, digital photos must be taken with a camera that is capable of capturing at least 3.5 Mega Pixels. The passport-style photo must be 2″x2″. It must have a full-face frontal view in color on a white or off-white background. The head height should be between 1″ and 1 3/8″, from the top of hair to the bottom of chin. Eye height is 1 1/8″ – 1 3/8″, measured from the bottom of your photo. You must have your head bare, unless it is required by the religious denomination to which you belong. Use a felt-tip pen or pencil to lightly write your name and A Number on the back.
If you are applying for an Advance Parole document for a person outside of the United States
You must submit photos with your application if you are applying on behalf of yourself and are not in the United States.
You must submit two photographs if you apply for an Advance Parole Document in the name of someone who lives outside of the United States.
3Biometrics Services Required
All applicants for a Refugee Travel Document must complete their biometrics in a USCIS Application Support Center or, if they are applying for the Refugee Travel Document outside of the United States, at an overseas USCIS location. You must be fingerprinted by USCIS if you are aged 14-79 years old and applying for a refugee travel document or a reentry permit. USCIS will inform you by letter of the date and time for your biometrics appointment after you submit this application. If you fail to show up to have your fingerprints taken or to receive other biometric services, it may lead to the denial of your application.
All applicants between the ages 14 and 79 for Refugee Travel Documents or Reentry Permits are required to pay an additional biometrics fee of $85 See the section on What is the Filing Charge in these instructions.
As part of USCIS’s biometrics service requirement, an individual who is outside the United States and is applying for an Advance Parole Document due to humanitarian reasons or significant public benefits, such as under the FWVP Program but is aged between 14 and 79 years old, must have their fingerprints taken. USCIS or Department of State may provide the address for the biometrics appointment based on where the individual is located.
Form I-131 Instructions 06/06/23 F Page 12 of 17.
4Invalidation Of Travel Document A travel document obtained through a false or omitted statement in the application is invalid. Travel documents will be invalidated if you have been ordered to leave the United States or are deported. A Refugee Travel document will also be invalid if you are ordered removed or deported from the United States.
5Expedite Request Instructions: To request expedited handling of an application for Reentry Permits, Refugee Travel Documents, or Advance Parole Documents for an individual living outside of the United States, write or print EXPEDITE at the top-right corner of the form in black ink. USCIS recommends including e-mail and fax numbers with any request to expedite a Reentry Permit or Refugee Travel Document. Include any available supporting documentation and a written explanation for your request to expedite. It is the applicant’s responsibility to prove that at least one of the expedite criterion has been met. The criteria are:
A severe financial loss for a company or an individual.
bExtreme emergent situation;
cHumanitarian situation; or
dNonprofit status of the requesting organization to further the cultural and socio-economic interests of the United States Department of Defense, or National Interest Situation. Note: The request has to come from a United States Government official and must state that any delay would be detrimental to U.S. Government.)
What is the filing fee? No filing fee is required for applications under the Operation Allies Welcome program (OAW).
Who request a renewed period of parole or employment authorization. It is not necessary to pay for biometric services.
Reentry Permit – The filing fee is $575. For applicants aged 14 to 79, a biometrics service fee of $85 will be required.
Refugee Travel document: A Refugee Travel document is available for applicants aged 16 and older for $135. The fee for children younger than 16 years is $105. The fee for biometric services is $85 for those aged 14 to 79.
Advance Parole for Individuals Currently In the United States: $575 is the filing fee for individuals currently in the United States. The biometrics service fee is not necessary.
Advance Parole Documents for Individuals Outside of the United States (Including the FWVP program): The filing fees for an Advance Parole Document are $575 for individuals outside of the United States. Biometrics fees are not required. If you can prove that you are unable to pay, the filing fee could be waived. To ensure that such requests are supported according to 8 CFR 103.7 (c), applicants should submit Form I-912 Request for Fee Waiver when filing Form I-131.
Advance Permission for Travel for CNMI Residents: The filing fees for an Advance Permission for Travel for a CNMI Resident is $575. Biometric services are not required. The filing fee for this category may not be waived.
Form I-131 Instructions 06/06/23 F Page 13 of 17.
NOTE: If your Form I-485 remains pending and you have paid the Form I-485 fee, you do not need to pay any fee for a Form I-131 request.
You now have U.S. asylum or refugee status and you are applying for the Refugee Travel Document. (See Part 2. Application Type, item number 1.b. If you are using Form I-131, then the item number 1.b.
You are applying for an Advance Parole Document that will allow you to return home to the United States following a temporary overseas travel (see part 2. Form I-131), Application Type, item number 1.d. (Form I-131)
You may either file Form I-485 and Form I-131 simultaneously, or submit Form I 131 later. You must submit a copy your Form I-797 Notice of Action receipt if you file Form I 131 separately. This is proof that you have filed Form I-485 and paid the required fee on or after July 30 2007.
A filing fee will be required if you wish to replace an old travel document, which was lost, damaged, mutilated or contained incorrect information.
Please note that if you request a replacement Advance Parole Document for an adjustment applicant who filed their application under the new fee structure effective July 30, 2007, the full filing fees will be charged. However, there is no fee for biometrics.
If you want to correct an error made by USCIS on your travel document, there is no fee. You must pay application fees if USCIS was not responsible for the error.
Note: The filing and biometric service fees are non-refundable regardless of the action taken by USCIS on this application. DO NOT MAIL CASH. All fees must be submitted in exact amounts.
When preparing your check or money order for the Form I 131 filing fee and the biometric services fee, follow these guidelines:
1The check must be drawn from a bank, or another financial institution in the United States. It must also be payable in U.S. dollars.
Make the check or money order payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Please do not use initials for the Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) or U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
3. Contact the nearest U.S. Consulate or Embassy for payment instructions if you reside outside of the United States.
Paying by Check: Important Notice. USCIS will convert your check into an electronic fund transfer (EFT) if you send it to us. We will use your check to copy the account details and debit your account electronically for the amount. Your bank will normally show the debit on your statement within 24 hours.
Your original check will not be returned to you. We will destroy the original check but keep a copy. You authorize USCIS to process your copy instead of the original check if USCIS is unable to process EFT due technical issues. USCIS will send the payment again to the financial institution if your check is returned unpayable. We will reject your application if the check is returned unpayable for a second time. You will also be charged a fee for a returned payment.
How to check if the fees are correct
The current edition date is located in the lower-left corner of this webpage. You can check the USCIS fees by following the instructions below.
1. Click on “FORMS” at the USCIS site, and select the appropriate fee. Or Form I-131 instructions 06/06/23 F Page 14 of 17.
2. For more information on fees, call the USCIS Contact Center 1-800-375-5283. Call 1-800-767-1833 for TTY (deaf and hard of hearing).
You may qualify for a waiver of fees under 8 CFR 103.7 (c). If you think you qualify for a waiver of the fee, you can complete Form I-912 Request for Fee Waiver or a written request and attach it to your application along with any evidence that you cannot pay. You can review the fee waiver guidance at www.uscis.gov/feewaiver.
What is the best place to file?
For the latest information on where to submit this benefit request, please visit our website www.uscis.gov/I131 or contact our USCIS Contact Center by calling 1-800-375-5283. For TTY (hearing impaired) call: 1-800-767-1833.
You must notify USCIS if you have moved. For information on filing a change of address go to the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov/addresschange or contact the USCIS Contact Center at 1-800-375-5283. For TTY (hearing impaired) call: 1-800-767-1833.
Please do not send a request for a change in address to USCIS Lockbox Facilities. USCIS Lockbox Facilities will not accept requests for address changes.
Form I-131s that are not signed, or that do not have the correct fees attached will be returned with an error notice. Correct the error and re-submit Form I-131. USCIS must accept an application or petition before it is considered filed properly.
After a Form I-131 is accepted, its completeness will be verified, including the submission of required initial evidence. You will not be eligible if you don’t fill out the entire form or submit it without the required initial evidence. We may reject your Form I-131.
Requests for more information, including biometrics or interview
We may ask for more information or proof, or request that you attend an interview at a USCIS, U.S. embassy, or U.S. consulate. You may be asked to submit originals for any copies. When they are no longer needed, we will return the originals.
USCIS may ask you for biometric information at the time of an interview, other appearance, or any other USCIS office or U.S. Embassy or Consulate to verify your identification and update your background.
You can also find out more about Decision Making
In deciding whether or not you are eligible for the document requested, Form I-131 will be used. The decision will be communicated to you in writing.
Instructions for Form I-131 06/06/23 F Page 15 of 17.
What if you claim nonresident alien status on your federal income tax return?
You should review carefully the INA consequences of filing a nonresident tax return, or not filing a tax form on the grounds that you are a resident alien.
You may lose your status as a lawful permanent resident under the INA if you do not file a return for nonresident aliens or if you do. You may not be eligible for a document or visa that lawful permanent residents are entitled to.
If you are a returning resident and apply for admission, you could be denied entry to the United States. You might also lose your eligibility for naturalization or adjustment of status into a permanent lawful resident based on your initial entry.
USCIS Forms and Information
Visit the USCIS site at www.uscis.gov to ensure that you have the most recent version of the form. You can also find immigration-related information and the most current USCIS forms. You can order USCIS forms if you don’t have internet access by calling 1-800-375-5283. USCIS Contact Center offers information in both English and Spanish. Call 1-800-767-1833 for TTY (deaf and hard of hearing).
You can make an appointment at www.uscis.gov instead of standing in line at your local USCIS Office. Choose “Tools”, then “Self Service Tool” and select “Appointments”. Follow the prompts on screen to schedule your appointment. The system will send you an appointment reminder once you have finished scheduling your appointment.
We will not accept your Form I131 if you deliberately and knowingly falsify, conceal or omit a material fact. You may also be denied any immigration benefits. You will also face the severe penalties set by law, and you may even be prosecuted.
DHS Privacy Notice
AUTHORITIES : The Immigration and Nationality Act, sections 103, 208 (c)(1)(C), 211, 212 (d)(5)(A), and 215 and Code of Federal Regulations, sections 211.1(a),(3-4), and 212.5 and 223.1-223.3.
PURPOSE – The main purpose of providing information requested on this form is to apply for an Advance Parole Document or Refugee Travel Document. This may be for urgent humanitarian reasons, or to further a significant public interest. DHS will use the information that you provide to either grant or deny you the immigration benefit.
Disclosure: All information provided is voluntary. Failure to provide requested information (including your Social Security Number if applicable) and any requested proof may result in a delay or denial of your request.
Instructions for Form I-131 06/06/23 F Page 16 of 17.
DHS will share your information and any requested additional evidence with authorized federal, state, local and foreign government agencies. DHS follows approved routine uses described in the associated published system of records notices [DHS/USCIS/ICE/CBP-001 Alien File, Index, and National File Tracking System, DHS/USCIS-007 Benefits Information System, and DHS/USCIS-018 Immigration Biometric and Background Check] and the published privacy impact assessments [DHS/USCIS/PIA-016(a) Computer Linked Application Information Management System and Associated Systems and DHS/USCIS/PIA-051 Case and Activity Management for International Operations], which you can find at www.dhs.gov/privacy. DHS can also share the information, if necessary, to support law enforcement or national security.
Paperwork Reduction Act
A person or agency is not allowed to conduct an information collection unless the collection displays a valid Office of Management and Budget control number. This information collection is estimated to take 1.70 hours for each response. This includes the time required for reading instructions, gathering information and documentation, filling out the application, preparing a statement, attaching the necessary documentation and submitting the form. Estimated time for the collection of biometrics: 1.17 hours. Estimated time for passport-style photos is 0.50 hours. U.S. Send any comments or suggestions regarding this burden estimation, or any aspect of this information collection, including suggestions to reduce this burden, by sending them to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office of Policy and Strategy Regulatory Coordination Division 5900 Capital Gateway Drive Mail Stop #2140 Camp Springs, MD 20588 – 0009 OMB No. 1615-0013. Please do not send your completed Form I 131 to this address.
Navigating the Path to Freedom: A Comprehensive Guide to Form I-131 Application for Travel Document
The pursuit of happiness and a better life often leads individuals to move across borders, seeking new opportunities or reuniting with loved ones. However, for those who are in the process of adjusting their immigration status in the United States, international travel can be a complex and daunting task. This is where Form I-131, the Application for Travel Document, comes into play. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the various aspects of Form I-131, its importance, eligibility criteria, application process, and tips for a successful submission.
Chapter 1: Understanding Form I-131
1.1 What is Form I-131?
Form I-131, officially known as the “Application for Travel Document,” is a crucial document for immigrants in the United States who need to travel abroad temporarily. It serves as proof of their intention to return to the United States after their trip and is often necessary to maintain their immigration status. Commonly, it is referred to as a “Reentry Permit” or a “Refugee Travel Document,” depending on the applicant’s specific situation.
1.2 The Importance of Form I-131
The significance of Form I-131 cannot be overstated, as it provides several key benefits:
1.2.1 Maintaining Immigration Status: For lawful permanent residents (Green Card holders), traveling abroad for an extended period without a reentry permit can result in the abandonment of their status.
1.2.2 Facilitating Reentry: Form I-131 streamlines the process of returning to the United States after temporary international travel, especially for individuals who may not have a valid Green Card.
1.2.3 Supporting Asylum Seekers and Refugees: For those seeking asylum or with refugee status, the Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571) allows them to travel safely and return to the United States.
Chapter 2: Eligibility for Form I-131
2.1 Reentry Permit (Green Card Holders)
To be eligible for a Reentry Permit, applicants must:
– Be a lawful permanent resident (Green Card holder).
– Intend to return to the United States within the validity period of the Reentry Permit (usually 2 years).
– File Form I-131 before departing the United States.
2.2 Refugee Travel Document (Asylum Seekers and Refugees)
To be eligible for a Refugee Travel Document, applicants must:
– Be granted asylum in the United States or have refugee status.
– File Form I-131 to obtain the document before traveling internationally.
2.3 Advance Parole (Non-immigrant Visa Holders)
Advance Parole is available to certain non-immigrant visa holders who are applying for adjustment of status (e.g., from a student visa to a Green Card) and need to travel temporarily. Eligibility criteria may vary depending on the specific situation.
Chapter 3: Preparing Your Form I-131 Application
3.1 Required Documents
Before completing Form I-131, gather the following documents:
– Passport-sized photos meeting USCIS requirements.
– Copy of your current immigration documents (e.g., Green Card, I-94, or visa).
– Supporting evidence of your eligibility (e.g., proof of asylum status or refugee status).
– Applicable fees or a fee waiver request.
– Any additional documents requested in the form’s instructions.
3.2 Completing Form I-131
The form itself is divided into several sections, each requiring specific information. Carefully follow the instructions provided by USCIS and review the following tips:
– Accuracy: Ensure that all information provided is accurate and up to date. Any errors or inconsistencies can lead to delays or denial.
– Signature: Sign and date the form where required. Unsigned forms will not be processed.
– Filing Fee: Include the appropriate filing fee or request a fee waiver if eligible. USCIS periodically updates the fees, so check the current fee before submission.
– Checklist: Create a checklist of all required documents and double-check that you have included them with your application.
– Translations: If any documents are not in English, provide certified translations.
Chapter 4: Submitting Your Form I-131 Application
4.1 Mailing Address
The mailing address for your Form I-131 application depends on your eligibility category and where you currently reside. It is crucial to verify the correct address before sending your application.
4.2 Filing Fee Payment
Payment for the filing fee can typically be made by check or money order payable to the “U.S. Department of Homeland Security.” Some applicants may be eligible for a fee waiver based on their financial situation. Consult the USCIS website or an immigration attorney for guidance on fee waivers.
4.3 Tracking Your Application
USCIS provides tools to track the status of your application online. It’s essential to keep a record of your receipt number, as this will be your key to tracking the progress of your application.
Chapter 5: Processing Times and Travel Plans
5.1 Processing Times
The processing time for Form I-131 can vary significantly depending on factors such as the USCIS service center, the volume of applications, and the applicant’s eligibility category. It’s advisable to apply well in advance of your planned international travel to ensure you receive your travel document in a timely manner.
5.2 Travel Plans
While waiting for your travel document, it’s important to consider your travel plans carefully. Avoid making travel arrangements until you have received your Reentry Permit, Refugee Travel Document, or Advance Parole. Traveling without the proper documentation can lead to complications and possible denial of reentry.
Chapter 6: Receiving and Using Your Travel Document
6.1 Receiving Your Travel Document
Once your Form I-131 application is approved, you will receive your travel document by mail. Ensure that the information on the document is accurate, and keep it safe for your trip.
6.2 Using Your Travel Document
When traveling, present your travel document, along with your passport and any other required visas or entry documents, to immigration authorities. It’s crucial to follow the guidelines provided with your document and adhere to the conditions of your specific immigration status.
Chapter 7: Renewing and Replacing Travel Documents
7.1 Renewing Your Reentry Permit or Refugee Travel Document
If your Reentry Permit or Refugee Travel Document is set to expire, you may apply for a renewal by submitting a new Form I-131. It’s advisable to start the renewal process well in advance to avoid gaps in travel authorization.
7.2 Replacing Lost or Stolen Travel Documents
In the unfortunate event that your travel document is lost, stolen, or damaged, you can apply for a replacement using Form I-131. Promptly report the loss to USCIS and follow their instructions for obtaining a replacement.
Chapter 8: Conclusion and Additional Resources
In conclusion, Form I-131 is a vital tool for immigrants in the United States who wish to travel internationally while maintaining their immigration status. By understanding the eligibility criteria, completing the application accurately, and adhering to the guidelines provided, applicants can ensure a smooth process and enjoy their travels with peace of mind.
– USCIS website (www.uscis.gov) for the latest forms, fees, and guidance.
– Consult an immigration attorney for personalized assistance and advice.
– Local USCIS offices and field offices for in-person assistance.
Remember that immigration laws and regulations may change over time, so it’s essential to stay informed and seek legal advice when necessary to navigate the complex immigration landscape successfully. Safe travels and best of luck with your Form I-131 application!