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USCIS Proposes Changes to Advance Parole Adjudication

On November 16, 2018, USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna suggested that the agency will discontinue its current policy of denying pending advance parole applications, Forms I-131, Application for Travel Document, when an applicant travels internationally. The comments on the advance parole adjudications came during the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman’s Annual Conference.

While USCIS did not indicate when the change would be implemented, it did suggest that the new policy is forthcoming. Per the instructions for the Form I-131, applications for advance parole documents are considered abandoned if the applicant departs the United States before his or her travel document is issued. The new proposal, if implemented, would bring practical relief to travelers and their employers. Williams Global Law continues to monitor the development of the advance parole adjudication proposal, and will provide regular updates.

Source: National Law Review.

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