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Form I-131

Hey there! If you're planning to travel outside the U.S. but need to ensure you can return without any issues, Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, is your go-to form. This form is used to apply for a re-entry permit, refugee travel document, or advance parole travel document. Essentially, it's your ticket to travel abroad and come back to the U.S. without jeopardizing your immigration status. Whether you're a green card holder, asylum seeker, or someone waiting for your green card, Form I-131 helps you manage your travel plans without the stress of re-entry issues.

What is an I-131 form for?

Form I-131 is used to apply for different types of travel documents, such as a re-entry permit, refugee travel document, or advance parole. These documents allow you to travel outside the U.S. and return without affecting your immigration status.

How long does it take to get approved for I-131?

The processing time for Form I-131 can vary, but it generally takes about 3 to 6 months. However, it can take longer depending on the specific type of travel document you're applying for and the current USCIS processing times.

Do green card holders need I-131?

Yes, green card holders may need to file Form I-131 if they plan to travel outside the U.S. for an extended period. A re-entry permit, obtained through Form I-131, helps maintain their permanent resident status when they travel abroad for more than one year but less than two years.

How much does Form I-131 cost?

The filing fee for Form I-131 varies depending on the type of travel document you are applying for. As of now, the fee ranges from $575 to $660, plus an additional $85 biometric services fee for certain applicants. Always check the latest fee on the official USCIS website, as fees can change.

For what purpose is I-131 used?

Form I-131 is used for several purposes:

  • Re-entry Permit: For green card holders who need to travel outside the U.S. for an extended period.

  • Refugee Travel Document: For refugees and asylees to travel outside the U.S.

  • Advance Parole: For individuals waiting for their green cards or other immigration benefits, allowing them to travel and return without abandoning their applications.

How many trips can you travel on I-131?

The number of trips you can make with a travel document obtained through Form I-131 depends on the type of document. A re-entry permit is typically valid for two years and allows multiple entries, while an advance parole document usually permits multiple entries within its validity period, which is often one year.

What is next after I-131 is approved?

Once your Form I-131 is approved, you'll receive the travel document you applied for. This could be a re-entry permit, refugee travel document, or advance parole document. You can then use this document to travel outside the U.S. and return without issues.

Can form I-131 be rejected?

Yes, Form I-131 can be rejected if there are errors in the application if the supporting documents are insufficient, or if the applicant does not meet the eligibility requirements. It's crucial to fill out the form accurately and provide all necessary documents.

What happens after filing I-131?

After filing Form I-131, you will receive a receipt notice from USCIS. They may schedule a biometrics appointment to collect your fingerprints and photographs. USCIS will then review your application and make a decision. If approved, you'll receive your travel document in the mail.

I hope this helps clarify the process for you! Filing Form I-131 is an important step to ensure you can travel and return to the U.S. without issues. If you have any more questions or need further assistance, feel free to reach out. Safe travels!

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