This guide explains how an asylum applicant can travel internationally with advance parole. The asylum applicant will not return on a visitor visa, but rather in parolee status.
What is advance parole?
Advance parole is the name given to the travel permit which is issued for at least one year. The asylum applicant will return to the United States in "parolee status" Importantly, this travel permit is not a right; it is given at the discretion of US Dept. of Homeland Security. It is either printed as a separate document or is printed as two words on the bottom left of the employment authorization document (work permit).
Reasons for Advance Parole
Experience shows that advance parole will be given for medical emergencies. Of course, never travel to the home country.
In other words, advance parole has been denied for business reasons -- including million dollar deals and working with the United Nations. On the other hand, it has been approved to accompany a parent with her psychological treatment and to care for a sister with cancer.
Renewing Passport While Asylum is Pending
Unless the asylum applicant will be traveling internationally on advance parole, there is no reason to renew the passport.
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