What happens if a refugee leaves the US without a travel document?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Austin, TX

In an Iraqi refugee , but I currently live and work in Dubai , If I stay in the US longer than 6 months my work , money and house will be lost in Dubai and my visa will be canceled . I have been told that applying for a travel document would take more than four months and sometimes you might get denied from having it if you they don't think your reasons are good enough . My question is , if I apply for a travel document and it takes longer than 4 months or gets denied , can I leave without it ? what happens when I try to go back to the US , and would leaving without a travel document affect my wife and kids status in the US ( they are refugees , too ) ?

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  1. Giacomo Jacques Behar


    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . You might lose your refugee status. Your wife and kids, if they remain in the US, will not.

    Behar Intl. Counsel 619.234.5962 Kindly be advised that the answer above is only general in nature cannot be... more
  2. Eugene Andre Ahtirski


    Contributor Level 14


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    Answered . Immigration issues such as yours have no easy answers. I would be very careful about leaving the country and/or staying without proper "status", and you really should contact an immigration attorney ASAP to assist you with this matter!

  3. Thomas Esparza Jr.


    Contributor Level 19


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    Answered . a bit of common sense here. if you think that you might need to travel in the future for a ligitimate reason, apply now and prove the reason iadvance of the need. there is a way to speed up the process but that isonly for emergencies.

    The advice that I give in each answer or legal is not intended to take the place of an in person consultation. A... more

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