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Travel Permit: International Travel While Awaiting Immigration Benefits

The United States is a nation of immigrants, and the immigration process can be lengthy and complex. For individuals in the midst of the immigration journey, maintaining the ability to travel internationally can be crucial. This is where the Travel Permit, also plays a vital role.

The Travel Permit is a document issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that allows certain foreign nationals to travel abroad temporarily while their immigration application is pending. It is particularly important for individuals in the United States who are currently in the process of either adjusting their status or pursuing lawful permanent resident (LPR) status.
It permits travel for personal reasons, so foreign nationals may travel to their home countries to visit family members, attend family events, or deal with family emergencies without jeopardizing their immigration status. For those awaiting their immigration application approval, it helps prevent USCIS from considering their application abandoned due to traveling outside the United States.
However, there are risks and considerations to be aware of before embarking on a journey. Perhaps the most significant risk is that possessing a USCIS travel permit does not guarantee reentry into the United States. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers have the authority to deny entry, even if they hold a valid travel document. It also may impact pending immigration applications. If they have applications for immigration benefits in progress, leaving the United States may affect their case’s status.

To minimize risks, consulting with an immigration attorney before traveling is advisable to assess the potential consequences and to ensure a smooth and safe travel experience. The attorneys at Tanner Law Offices can assist you with your case process or need more information. Please contact our office at (717) 731-8114 to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.