Foreign nationals who travel abroad while their application for advance parole is pending will now have that application deemed abandoned by the USCIS and therefore denied. The USCIS has confirmed that this is its new policy, even if the individual also holds an H visa, an L visa, or another unexpired advance parole. Therefore, unless the USCIS reverses this new policy, those with pending advance parole applications should not depart the United States unless (1) they have an H visa, an L visa, or another unexpired advance parole with which to reenter and (2) they can “afford” to have their pending advance parole application denied in terms of timing, cost, and overall immigration planning.
- DOS Expands Visa Interview Waiver Program
- USCIS Reaches Settlement That Benefits L-2 and H-4 Spouses
- President Biden Issues Executive Order That Will Lift the Travel Ban on November 8, 2021
- New Rules Affecting H-1B Workers and Employment-Based Green Card Applicants, October 2020
- Executive Order June 2020