On June 8, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted an updated edition of the Form I-131, Application for Travel Document [PDF version].1 The new edition of the Form I-131 is dated May 3, 2016. However, USCIS has stated that it will still accept the editions of the Form I-131 dated January 22, 2016, and March 22, 2013.
The Form I-131 is used to apply for a:
- Reentry permit;
- Refugee travel document;
- Advance Parole Travel Document; or
- To apply for an Advance Parole Document from outside the United States in order to seek parole in the United States due to urgent humanitarian reasons or for significant public benefit. “Significant public benefit” includes applicants under the Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program [see article], the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program, and the Filipino WWII Veterans Parole Program (FVWP) [see article and blog].
An experienced immigration attorney will be able to provide assistance in immigration issues involving reentry permits, refugee travel documents [see article], advance parole [see article], humanitarian parole [see article], or the specific parole programs that the Form I-131 may be used to request benefits under. Please also see our article about parole-in-place for family members of military service members and veterans [see article].