One benefit of obtaining advance parole before traveling abroad is that people don’t have to have valid visas before re-entering the U.S. Call us for help obtaining advance parole.
A: In general, the following are the benefits of obtaining advance parole:
- People who want to travel internationally do not have to worry about getting a visa before leaving or trying to come back into the U.S.
- People’s adjustment of status applications will be preserved with USCIS.
Q: Should I apply for advance parole if I have an H-1B visa and have already filed an I-485 Form?
A: You will likely not need to file for advance parole if you possess an H-1B visa and have submitted your I-485 Form as long as your H-1B visa is valid when you depart from the U.S.
Here, it’s important to point out that, if you do end up obtaining an advance parole when you have an active H-1B visa and have already submitted your I-485 Form, you can apply to have your H-1B status extended or transferred when you return to the U.S. in order to get your immigration status changed from “parolee.”
Q: What if I have an H-1B visa, my I-485 Form is pending but I may not be able to get an H-1B visa when returning to the U.S. – should I apply for advance parole?
A: Yes, applying for advance parole in this case will be the smartest idea to ensure that you are able to re-enter the U.S. when you are finished with your travels abroad. While it’s usually best to try to reapply for the H-1B visa first when you are ready to return to the U.S., if this application is not approved, your advance parole prevent any delays or further complications in your re-entry.
For additional important info about advance parole, be sure to check out the upcoming conclusion to this blog.
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