Travel poses new risks for green card applicants on H or L visa status.

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 7:45pm

USCIS has now started to deny Advance Parole applications when the applicant departs the United States, even though the applicant holds H-1B, H-4 or L status.  This is a significant shift from previous policy, which had allowed such applicants to travel while this application was pending without any effect on their application for Advance Parole.  

If an applicant receives a denial, a new application may be submitted with USCIS, however processing of a new application takes 60 to 90, unless the applicant qualifies for emergency Advance Parole.