To apply for a Refugee Travel Document, you must file an I-131, Application for Refugee Travel Document, with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).
How long will my Refugee Travel Document be valid?
Your Refugee Travel Document will be valid for one year.
I want to travel out of the United States, when do I need to apply for my Refugee Travel Document?
You should file your application for a Refugee Travel Document at least 120 days before you leave the U.S. You should always apply for a Refugee Travel Document before you leave the U.S. If you fail to get a Refugee Travel Document before leaving the U.S., you may not be able to return.
What documents do I need to file with my application for a Refugee Travel Document?
You must file:
1. A copy of an official ID showing your name, date of birth, and photo.
2. A copy of the document granting you asylee status or refugee status.
Any document in a language other than English must be filed with an official English translation.
Can I travel back to the country where I experienced past persecution or claim a fear of future persecution?
Yes. However, if you have been granted asylum, your asylee status may be terminated if it is determined that you voluntarily availed yourself of the protection of your country of nationality, you have acquired a new nationality, or you are no longer eligible for asylum due to a change in circumstances.
If you have been admitted as a refugee, your status may be terminated if the U.S. Government determines that you were not, in fact, a refugee at the time you were admitted to the U.S.
Additional resources provided by the author
If you are planning to travel abroad for more than six months, or you plan to make frequent trips abroad, you should consult with an immigration attorney before you travel. In some cases, you may be deemed to have abandoned your residence in the United States and could lose your green card.