Travel Document

May 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

Form I-131 has to be filed while applying for a re-entry permit, refugee travel document or advance parole travel document, to include parole into the US for humanitarian reasons.

Advance Parole :

Is for applicants who have a pending Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status to Permanent Resident, and who want to travel before the Application is approved.

Refugee Travel Document :

Is for applicants who hold Refugee or Asylee status and who want to travel outside the US.

Re-entry Permit :

Is for Lawful Permanent Residents who will be outside of the US for an extended period of time, generally for one year or more. Applicants filing Form I-131 based on his/her pending or approved Form I-821 have to file your form I-131 with the USCIS Dallas Lockbox facility. It should also include a copy of the I-797 C, Notice of Action that shows if the application was accepted or approved.

If you are applying to renew the advance parole document, USCIS will accept and adjudicate Form I-131 filed up to 120 days before the date your current Advance Parole document expires.

All Refugee Travel Document applicants or one for a Reentry Permit should get fingerprinted at an Application Support Center (ASC) or if applying for a Refugee Travel Document (while outside of the US) at an USCIS facility overseas. Applicants aged between 14 and 79 years and applying for a Refugee Travel Document or Re-entry Permit should also be fingerprinted as part of USCIS biometric services requirements.

After you have filed the application, USCIS will inform in writing of the time/location of the biometrics appointment. Should you fail to appear to be fingerprinted or for other biometric services, it might result in a denial of the application.

All applicants for Re-entry Permit and/or Refugee Travel Documents aged between 14 and 79 years are required to pay the additional $85 biometric fee. The fee for advance parole or re-entry permit is $360 and for a Refugee Travel Document for an applicant age 16 or older is $135. For a child under the age of 16 years, it is $105. For applicants aged between 14 and 79, a biometric fee of $85 is required for a Reentry Permit and a Refugee Travel Document , unless the applicant resides outside of the U.S at the time of filing their form. However, biometric fee is not required for advance parole applicants.

The submission fee and biometrics services fee may be paid with a single check for $445 and it must be made payable to Department of Homeland Security.

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