When you apply for advance parole, you’ll need to show USCIS that you have a valid reason. If you have DACA and need to leave the country due to an emergency or unforeseen circumstances, you must first understand the reasons why an immigration officer will approve your application for advance parole. This article covers all the information about applying for advance parole with DACA as well as some useful tips on how to increase your chances of approval.
Emergency Advance Parole
An emergency advance parole is a type of advance parole that you apply for in an emergency. For example, you may want to go home to attend a funeral for a close family member or visit a relative who has a serious or life-threatening illness. If you apply for advance parole in an emergency, you need to show any proof of your emergencies like a death certificate, doctor's letter, or proof of financial loss. It is up to the immigration officer to approve or deny your request for emergency advance parole. If the immigration officer collects payment this is an indicator your Parole was approved, however, if denied you will not be charged. You can still mail out your application for normal processing time.
Humanitarian Advance Parole
A Humanitarian Advance Parole is a type of advance parole that you can apply for. For example, you may want to go home to attend a funeral for a close family member or sick relative. You can apply for Advance Parole for any of the following reasons:
Obtain medical treatment for yourself and or accompany your spouse to obtain medical treatment in another country. (ex. dental, LASIK)
Transporting loved ones' ashes
Attending a funeral or accompanying your spouse to attend a funeral for their relative
Visiting a grave of a family member who has passed away within the last two years or accompanying your spouse to visit the grave of their family member
Visiting a sick relative or accompanying your spouse to visit their sick relative.
*Please note for your spouse you will need to provide your marriage certificate to establish the relationship.
Educational Advance Parole
Educational Advance Parole is a type of advance parole that you apply for if you need to leave the U.S. temporarily for educational purposes.
This can include things like:
Attending a short-term program/class
Visiting a research site
Being a chaperone for your child's study abroad trip or a chaperone for any church, organization, or school-related event.
When you apply for educational advance parole, the USCIS will want to make sure that you have a valid reason and that the program is approved by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). The program can be short-term or long-term abroad.
Employment Advance Parole
An employment advance parole is a type of advance parole that you apply for if you need to travel outside the U.S. temporarily for work.
This can include things like:
going on a work assignment,
or participating in an internship.
When you apply for employment advance parole, the USCIS will want to make sure that your work is authorized by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and that it benefits the U.S. You’ll need to show that the work is important and that your employer can’t find someone else to do it. You’ll also need to show that the job is temporary and that you’ll return to the U.S. after the work is done.
"Checklist of Required Initial Evidence (for informational purposes only)
For an advance parole document for individuals who are currently in the United States:
A copy of an official photo identity document;
Two identical passport-style photographs of yourself taken within 30 days of the filing of this application;
A copy of any document showing your current status in the United States;
Evidence that your trip is for educational, employment, or humanitarian purposes;
An explanation or other evidence showing the circumstances that warrant issuance of an advance parole document;
A copy of a USCIS receipt as evidence that you filed the adjustment application if you are an applicant for adjustment of status; and
A copy of the U.S. consular appointment letter, if you are traveling to Canada to apply for an immigrant visa." – USCIS website
If you want to leave the U.S. temporarily, you’ll need to apply for advance parole. Advance parole is used to show the USCIS that you have a valid reason for leaving the country. The main reasons for applying for advance parole are educational reasons, employment reasons, or humanitarian reasons. Emergency advance parole can be granted by applying in person via an infopass. Advance Parole will ultimately grant you legal entry into the U.S. allowing you to adjust your status within the country if you have a family-based petition through your spouse.