The new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is designed to give some discretion to the USCIS when considering the deportation of some undocumented immigrants. After you file they will put you at the bottom of the list for removal proceedings, but there are certain instances that may complicate this process: namely, international travel.
When a person applying for immigrant status in the United States leaves the country they are viewed as abandoning their attempt to become permanent residents, however, this is not always true. Of course, sometimes people just have to go away for a little while for one reason or another and that is why the USCIS lets these immigrants file for advanced parole. Advanced parole is something like a placeholder, a document that says to the government, “Hey, I’ll be right back, don’t kick me out!”
These forms are not available to undocumented immigrants at all, but once people start to apply for Deferred Action advanced parole will be made available to them. A key point to make is that parole is not supposed to exist so that you can take a vacation while your application is being processed. You will have to prove the United States that your need to leave the country temporarily is an immediate and humanitarian issue.
To get advanced parole you will need a few things:
- Form I-131, which must be completed and signed.
- It is unclear what the cost of the form will be for DACA applicants, but for people age 14-79 the form costs $360 and the biometric fees cost $85 for a total of $445 for one person’s advance parole.
- Documentation that shows the emergency that you must concern yourself with outside of the United States.
- Two passport-style photographs.
- Documentation that shows that you are applying for the DACA program
These requirements may be subject to change due to the untested nature of the new program.
Also keep in mind that being granted advance parole does not automatically get you back into the country. Customs and Border Protection will still review your case when you re-enter the United States to see if you are allowed back in.