Is Advance Parole Back?
What is Advance Parole?
Advance parole is permission to leave the country without automatically losing DACA.
What exactly is back?
Starting in 2017, the government stopped accepting applications for advance parole from DACA holders. In 2020, it started accepting applications for advance parole again, but it was very limited. Now, advance parole is back to 2017.
What are some acceptable reasons to apply for Advance Parole?
- Educational, like studying abroad or doing academic research
- Work related, including traveling to a conference or meeting with clients
- Humanitarian reasons like going to a funeral, visiting a sick relative, or traveling for your own medical needs
If my travel would be for one of those reasons, am I guaranteed to get advance parole?
No. The government can decide to grant advance parole or not.
How do I apply?
The Form to apply for Advance Parole is the I-131. It can be found on the government’s website at https://www.uscis.gov/i-131. Make sure to look for uscis.gov in the website to make sure you’re in the right place.
How much is the application fee?
The government’s fee is currently $575.00. Most people also have to pay an $85.00 biometrics fee.
What are the risks?
Even though advance parole is permission to leave the country without losing DACA, there is never a guarantee that the officials at the border or airport will allow the person back into the country. The risk of that happening can be lower or higher depending on your individual situation.Ultimately the decision is yours, but we strongly encourage you to consult with a lawyer before making it.