Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are two immigration programs that offer protection from deportation and work authorization for eligible individuals. However, traveling outside the U.S. without permission while having TPS or DACA status can result in the loss of these benefits and potential difficulties reentering the country.
This is where Advance Parole comes in. Advance Parole is a type of travel authorization that allows TPS and DACA recipients to temporarily leave the U.S. and return without jeopardizing their immigration status. This is an important tool for those who need to travel abroad for emergencies, educational opportunities, or to visit family members.
To apply for Advance Parole, individuals must meet the eligibility requirements for TPS or DACA and provide evidence of the compelling reasons for their travel. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will then review the application and determine whether to grant or deny Advance Parole.
Once approved, Advance Parole allows individuals to travel outside the U.S. and return without facing any immigration issues or being placed in removal proceedings. However, it is important to note that the U.S. government can revoke Advance Parole at any time, and individuals may be subject to additional scrutiny upon reentry.
Additionally, Advance Parole does not guarantee reentry into the U.S. and individuals may still face potential denial of reentry by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) if they have any issues that may make them inadmissible. This is why it is important to consult with an immigration attorney before traveling and to carefully consider the potential risks involved.
In conclusion, Advance Parole provides a valuable opportunity for TPS and DACA recipients to travel outside the U.S. while maintaining their immigration status. However, it is essential to understand the requirements and potential risks associated with Advance Parole and to consult with a knowledgeable immigration attorney before applying. Contact our office for a consultation.