Advance Parole, otherwise known as a Travel Document or Travel Permit, is a document that permits an alien who is awaiting lawful permanent resident status to travel abroad and return to the United States without another visa. Such persons include those who have applied for adjustment of status but haven’t received their green card yet.
Advance parole must be approved before the applicant leaves the United States, or any residency application may be denied unless exceptional circumstances are demonstrated by the alien. It is granted when immigration document Form I-512 is issued, which enables an alien to be paroled into the United States. It is not a U.S. visa or a re-entry permit; it is only issued to people without permanent residency.
How do you apply for advance parole?
- First, file using Form I-131 and supporting documents.
- Keep in mind the application fee is no longer waived when filling with I-485 or when the I-485 is still pending.