U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) recently updated its website to provide additional notes on when certain Form I-131 Advance Parole application requests would be deemed abandoned and subsequently denied. Advance Parole is most commonly used by individuals with a pending Form I-485 Adjustment of Status/green card application, as it allows them to travel abroad and re-enter the United States without having to present a visa. Importantly, if you travel outside the United States while your green card application is pending and you do not have a valid advance parole, your case can be denied for abandonment. There is a narrow exception for individuals maintaining certain nonimmigrant statuses. Advance Parole requests are reviewed and approved by USCIS, and the documents can be renewed repeatedly throughout the period the green card case remains pending.

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