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Traveling with DACA Advance Parole

Essential Tips for a Smooth Re-entry

Traveling abroad with DACA Advance Parole can be both an exciting and nerve-wracking
experience. As a DACA recipient, it’s crucial to be well-prepared for your journey to ensure a smooth return to the United States. This blog provides comprehensive travel tips and essential information for those planning to travel with DACA Advance Parole.

Understanding DACA Advance Parole

DACA Advance Parole is a travel permit issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that allows DACA recipients to travel outside the U.S. and return lawfully. To qualify, you must have a valid reason for travel, categorized as:

Humanitarian: Medical treatment, attending a funeral, or visiting an ailing relative.

Educational: Study abroad programs, academic research, or educational conferences.

Employment: Work-related assignments, meetings, conferences, or training.

Preparing for Your Trip

1. Carry All Necessary Documents

  • Advance Parole Document: The original document issued by USCIS.
  • DACA Approval Notice: A copy of your DACA approval notice.
  • Valid Passport: Ensure your passport is valid for the entire duration of your trip.
  • Identification: State-issued ID or driver’s license for additional identification.

2. Keep Copies of Important Documents

Make photocopies of your Advance Parole document, DACA approval notice, and passport. 

Keep a set of copies with you, separate from the originals, and leave another set with a trusted person in the U.S.

3. Know Your Rights

Advance Parole allows re-entry into the U.S., but CBP officers have the authority to inspect
and question you. Understand your rights and be prepared to explain the purpose of your
trip.

4. Prepare for Inspection at the Port of Entry

Be ready to present your documents and answer questions from CBP officers clearly and
honestly. Carry any additional supporting documents that justify your travel purpose.

5. Stay Informed About Immigration Policy Changes

Immigration policies can change. Stay updated by checking USCIS and CBP websites for the
latest information before you return.

During Your Trip

6. Return Before Your Advance Parole Expires

Plan your return well before the expiration date on your Advance Parole document to avoid re-entry issues.

7. Seek Legal Advice If Necessary

If you have any doubts or concerns, consult with an immigration attorney before traveling and upon returning to the U.S. At Casas Immigration we provide our clients with recommendations and best Legal Advice.

8. Keep Emergency Contact Information Handy

Have the contact information of your immigration attorney, family members, and any other
relevant contacts easily accessible.

9. Travel During Business Hours

Try to schedule your return to the U.S. during business hours when legal assistance is more
readily available if needed.

10. Be Aware of Time Zone Differences

Plan your return considering time zone differences to ensure timely re-entry before your Advance Parole expires.

Traveling with DACA Advance Parole requires thorough preparation and awareness. By following
these tips, you can minimize potential issues and ensure a smoother re-entry process. Remember,
planning and knowledge are your best tools for a successful trip. Safe travels!

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