I am applying for adjustment of status from within the U.S. through marriage to a U.S. citizen with unlawful presence accrued after overstaying an F-1 visa. I received my work authorization and travel advance parole card.
1) I believe that I can use Matter of Arabally to travel to my home country, as my application has no other issues. I know that thousands of people in my situation have relied on Arabally - has there been any sign that the Trump administration is considering trying to overturn the decision? I understand any risk can't be totally eliminated, but is there any concrete sign to think there has been any change?
2) My advance parole is marked as "valid for multiple entries". When I was filling out the I-131 I only detailed a single possible visit to my home country with a particular departure date and duration. Does the "multiple entries" mean that I can change departure/duration/stop off in a different country/make other trips without filing a second I-131 (just as long as the trips are within the one year validity period of the card)?
Using Matter of Arabally to get paroled into the US to become eligible for adjustment of status is a sort of loophole that has been somewhat closed. It can still work on occasion but for the most part from what I've seen and heard it no longer works like it used to.
Also, traveling on advance parole is risky. You can always be denied re-entry to the US by the officer when you arrive.
You should absolutely consult with an immigration attorney before attempting to do this.
This response does not constitute legal advice and it does not establish an attorney-client relationship. I recommend you meet with an attorney.
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