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Advance parole – also known as form I-512 – is designated for adjustment applicants. That is to say, it is a form of temporary travel authorization. But what is it that you should know about it? This guide includes essential information on the topic.
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Non-immigrants in the US, including TPS beneficiaries, status applicants, refugees, and asylum applicants have to obtain Advance Parole or form I-512 in order to re-enter the US without affecting their status. For the most part, form I-512 works similarly to a visa when it comes to entering the US.
In comparison with a Reentry Permit, an Advance Parole Document accounts for a standard, letter-size piece of paper. In most cases, form I-512 is valid for one year, and it can be used for multiple entries. At the same time, it’s worth noting that you should have several copies of the documents – one for the applicant, one for the USCIS and one for the airline. When you travel back to the US, the document will be stamped.
With that in mind, an airline might accept advance parole in exchange for a visa. That is to say, it substitutes the authorization of traveling to the US. However, this form cannot be issued to replace your passport. Also, you cannot use it as a substitute for the normal visa issuing process. It is basically a document, a piece of paper that gives you the authorization to enter the US.
Moving on to the people that need advance parole, there are several cases in which this is mandatory. The following people need to file Form I-512:
On the other hand, there are non-immigrants in the US that aren’t eligible to get advance parole. That is to say, if you’re in the US without valid immigration status, then you might not be eligible. At the same time, if you are currently involved in removal proceedings, you cannot file form I-512.
In order to get advance parole, you’ll have to file form I-131 – this is basically an application for a travel document. In addition to that, you should provide supporting documentation and passport photos. You’ll also have to pay for an application fee before having the interview at a local USCIS office or the service center in your proximity.
Your application for form I-131 should be approved prior to traveling outside the US. As a matter of fact, if you travel outside the US without the form I-512, your application might be denied or abandoned. This is why you should avoid doing this.
Note that if you’re applying for advance parole and, at the same time, you’re applying for an employment authorization document (EAD), USCIS facilitates a type of combo card, so to speak. That would be a sort of alternative to the EAD card, which also serves as I-512 Advance Parole. This eliminates the need to carry a separate Advance Parole document and an EAD, as the new card is durable and safer than the existing Advance Parole document. In order to get the EAD and Advance Parole Card, you have to file forms I-765 and I-131.
It’s worth noting that you should double-check all the information you include in the form I-512 prior to sending it. Even the tiniest, insignificant mistakes on your travel document could lead to costly delays and rejections, which is why you should double-check everything.
The good thing is that for the most part, filling out form I-131 is quite self-explanatory and straightforward. The best way to fill out the form, though, is on your computer. However, if you want to write the form, you should use black ink. If a question doesn’t apply in your case, then you should type N/A in the box, as opposed to leaving the space blank.
Here you can find a useful chart, indicating where you have to file the form to get the advance parole document.
The cost of advance parole varies. For instance, when applying for a re-entry permit or an advance parole document, the fee for filling out form I-131 is $575. For those applying for a refugee travel document, the form fee is $105. When applying for a re-entry permit, for applicants between the ages 14 to 79, there is also a biometric fee of $85 that applies. The same goes for refugee applicants between 14 and 79 years old.
When you file a payment, this means that you agree to pay for this service provided by the government. Note that the fees aren’t refundable, irrespective of the results of the application. You can find out more information regarding the costs that apply in your case here.
For the most part, the processing time for form I-512 is of 120 days. But it can be more than this in some cases. This might be problematic in case you want to travel due to an urgent scenario. On top of that, the USCIS doesn’t usually provide expedited requests when it comes to advance parole documents.
All in all, we hope that this article was insightful in the sense that it offered answers to some of the questions you had regarding form I-512. Generally, this document isn’t required for traveling to different parts of the US, but you should still check with your transportation carrier beforehand to ensure that.