DACA does not allow recipients to travel unless they file Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. This is also often referred to as Advanced Parole. Advanced Parole allows re-entry into the United States. It must be requested before you leave the United States and if approved, it allows re-entry for up to one year. An additional benefit of applying for advanced parole is that it allows DACA recipients to create a history of legal entry. This can be an advantage for DACA recipients applying for an adjustment of status, making them eligible to have their processing done in the United States.
The I-131 Form application takes about 3-5 months to process through USCIS and requires applicants to submit proof and reasoning under the following categories:
- Humanitarian Purpose: visiting a sick of aging relative
- Educational Purposes: study abroad, school related fellowships, academic research and conferences
- Employment Purposes: any travel required for work-related purposes
If you, a family member or friend would like to discuss DACA or any other immigration matter. Please contact our office. We can help.