Los Angeles, CA asked in Immigration Law for California

Q: I-131 travel document not processed for 1 year? Do we need to return before I-131 is processed?

My parents who are green card holders applied for i-131 travel document in Sept,2021. They finished their biometrics in Oct, 2021 and left the country on Nov,14th 2021.

There has not been an update to the case after the biometric. Do they need to come back to the US by Nov 14th, 2022. Or can they wait till the I-131 application is processed before returning to the US.

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Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Libertyville, IL

A: This is a good question. I'm unsure why the left, because there is no guarantee that the I-131 will be approved and it may be delayed and/or misplaced. However, they must return with the advanced parole. Otherwise, they will abandon the adjustment of status. The delay in their return may also create challenges.

It seems like it is time to hire a competent and experienced immigration attorney and receive legal advice on how to handle this situation as soon as possible.

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