To apply for Advance Parole in the United States, follow these general steps:
- Determine Eligibility: Advance Parole is typically granted to individuals who have pending applications for adjustment of status (Form I-485), individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), DACA recipients, or those with pending asylum applications. Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria before applying.
- Complete Form I-131: Advance Parole is applied for using Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. You can download this form from the official website of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Fill out the form accurately and completely.
- Gather Required Documents: Along with the completed Form I-131, you’ll need to submit supporting documents such as a copy of your passport, proof of pending immigration application (if applicable), and any other relevant documents USCIS may request.
- Pay the Fees: There is a filing fee associated with Form I-131. Check the USCIS website for the current fee amount and acceptable payment methods. Some individuals may qualify for a fee waiver, so check the eligibility criteria for fee waivers if applicable.
- Submit the Application: Mail your completed Form I-131, along with the required supporting documents and payment, to the appropriate USCIS address. Make sure to retain a copy of your application for your records.
- Wait for Processing: USCIS will process your application for Advance Parole. Processing times vary, so check the USCIS website or contact USCIS for updates on processing times.
- Receive Approval: If your application is approved, USCIS will send you a Form I-512L, Authorization for Parole of an Alien into the United States. This document serves as your Advance Parole document.
- Travel: Once you have your approved Advance Parole document, you can use it to travel outside of the United States and re-enter. Make sure to carry it with you when traveling, along with your passport and any other required documents.
- Re-enter the U.S.: Upon your return to the United States, present your passport, Advance Parole document, and any other required documents to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer at the port of entry.
It’s essential to follow all instructions provided by USCIS and to stay informed about any updates or changes to the application process. Additionally, consider consulting with an immigration attorney or accredited representative if you have specific questions or concerns about your application for Advance Parole.
How to apply for AOS
To apply for Adjustment of Status (AOS) in the United States, follow these general steps:
- Eligibility Check: Ensure you are eligible to apply for Adjustment of Status. Common eligibility categories include family-based immigration, employment-based immigration, refugee or asylee status, diversity visa lottery winners, and certain other special categories. Make sure you meet the specific requirements for the category under which you are applying.
- File an Immigrant Petition (if necessary): In most cases, you will need a sponsor or petitioner to file an immigrant petition on your behalf. This could be a family member, employer, or other qualifying entity. The petition establishes your eligibility for immigrant status. Common forms include Form I-130 (for family-based petitions) or Form I-140 (for employment-based petitions).
- Check Visa Availability: Ensure that a visa is currently available for your immigrant category and country of origin. You can check the Visa Bulletin published monthly by the U.S. Department of State to determine whether visas are available for your priority date.
- Complete Form I-485: Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, is the main form for applying for Adjustment of Status. Download the form from the USCIS website and fill it out completely and accurately.
- Gather Supporting Documents: Along with Form I-485, you’ll need to submit various supporting documents, including but not limited to:
- Passport-style photographs
- A copy of your birth certificate
- A copy of your passport and visa (if applicable)
- Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record
- Form I-864, Affidavit of Support (if required)
- Any other documents specific to your immigrant category
- Pay the Fees: There is a filing fee associated with Form I-485, as well as any additional fees for other forms or services required for your application. Check the USCIS website for the current fee amounts and acceptable payment methods.
- Submit the Application Packet: Mail your completed Form I-485, along with all required supporting documents and payment, to the appropriate USCIS address. Make sure to retain a copy of your application for your records.
- Attend Biometrics Appointment: After USCIS receives your application, you will be scheduled for a biometrics appointment where your fingerprints, photograph, and signature will be taken for background checks.
- Attend Interviews (if required): Depending on your eligibility category and individual circumstances, you may be required to attend an interview at a USCIS office. The purpose of the interview is to verify the information provided in your application and to determine your eligibility for Adjustment of Status.
- Receive Decision: USCIS will review your application and supporting documents and will notify you of their decision. If approved, you will receive your Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) in the mail.
It’s crucial to follow all instructions provided by USCIS and to stay informed about any updates or changes to the application process. Consider consulting with an immigration attorney or accredited representative if you have specific questions or concerns about your Adjustment of Status application.