Advance Parole: What is it and Why is it Important?

At Quiroga Law Office, PLLC., we believe it is essential for green card applicants to understand the impact of Advance Parole. This document is not just another formality but a crucial pathway to achieving immigration status. 

For this reason, we want to explain what Advance Parole is and its importance in the green card process. 


What is Advance Parole? 

Advance Parole is a re-entry authorization issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This document is vital for those undergoing immigration procedures and needing to leave the country temporarily. Lack of this document can lead to the termination of your current immigration process, regardless of how advanced it may be. 

An individual can request Advance Parole through an Application for Travel Document. We insist it is crucial not to leave the U.S. until you have received this document and carefully reviewed details like the return deadline. These details are essential not to compromise your immigration process. 


Emergency Situations and the Risks of Not Having Advance Parole 

Even if Advance Parole can be issued without additional conditions in certain cases, quality legal advice is essential in emergencies. Furthermore, you may need to demonstrate the severity of your situation to obtain this permit, especially if it relates to humanitarian circumstances or urgent and vital medical treatments. 

Having an approved Advance Parole does not automatically guarantee re-entry into the United States. If an applicant has been undocumented for 180 days or more, they could face re-entry bans. Depending on the duration of the irregular stay, the person could face bans ranging from three to ten years. 

Additionally, if undisclosed criminal backgrounds or health issues are found during the immigration process, these can also lead to the denial of re-entry. 


What is needed for advance parole? 

Advanced parole is not available to all applicants. The acceptable conditions for its granting can involve urgent needs such as: 


  • Serious illnesses of direct relatives, including spouses, parents, siblings, and children. 
  • Specialized medical treatments abroad, including surgeries and cancer treatments. 



The application for this permit must be properly substantiated and not merely for pleasure trips or social visits. A solid and well-documented justification is essential for successfully processing your application. 

As immigration law specialists at Quiroga Law Office, PLLC., we emphasize Advance Parole and its importance in the green card process. 

This document protects your status adjustment process and ensures that your path to permanent residency is not compromised.