How to Schedule an Emergency Advance Parole

Navigating the intricacies of U.S. immigration laws and regulations can be daunting, especially when it comes to traveling outside of the United States for those who are not yet U.S. citizens but are in the process of adjusting their status. One key tool in this process is the Advance Parole document, which allows individuals who are applying for adjustment of status to travel abroad and re-enter the U.S. without jeopardizing their pending applications. Advance Parole is essential for non-citizens who need to leave the U.S. for any reason while their adjustment of status application is still under consideration. However, given the lengthy processing times by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), there may arise urgent situations where an individual needs to travel outside the U.S. sooner than anticipated. In such cases, USCIS provides an option for an emergency Advance Parole. This guide will walk you through the steps to schedule an appointment for emergency Advance Parole, ensuring you can manage your travel needs without affecting your immigration status.

Understanding Emergency Advance Parole

Emergency Advance Parole is issued for urgent circumstances such as severe illnesses, immediate family emergencies, or other critical reasons that necessitate swift travel outside the United States. This provision is especially crucial for individuals awaiting their standard Advance Parole documentation, enabling them to travel without jeopardizing their ongoing immigration processes.

Initiating the Process for Emergency Advance Parole

Step 1: Verify Your Eligibility

First and foremost, determine if your situation qualifies as an emergency. USCIS considers emergencies to include severe health concerns, substantial financial loss, and urgent humanitarian reasons. Prepare supporting documents that substantiate your emergency claim, such as medical records, death certificates, or critical letters from employers.

Step 2: Contact USCIS

  • Direct Contact: Begin by calling the USCIS 1-800 number or by asking Emma (by clicking on the Ask Emma icon on top right of page) to initiate your request for an emergency Advance Parole. A live agent will collect your information to assess the urgency of your situation.
  • Evaluation and Email Confirmation: If the agent deems your situation as urgent requiring a pressing or critical need to travel outside the United States in less than 15 days, you will receive an email instruction to bring your completed Form I-131 (Application for Travel Document), supporting documents evidencing the emergency, and, if applicable, the Receipt Notice of any pending Advance Parole application.

Step 3: Prepare Your Documentation

Essential documents include:

  • A completed Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. Even if you already have a pending Form I-131, USCIS will still require you to file a new Form I-131, with fee, if applicable.
  • Documentation evidencing the emergency (e.g., medical records, death certificates).
  • Two passport-style photos.
  • A copy of USCIS notice or receipt associated with your immigration status or pending application.
  • A valid government-issued identification.

Step 4: Schedule and Attend Your INFOPASS Appointment

Following the USCIS agent’s instructions, you will be informed of the date and time for your emergency appointment at your local USCIS field office. Physical Attendance: It is imperative to attend this appointment in person, equipped with all required documents.

Key Tips for a Successful Application

  • Proactive Measures: Address the need for emergency Advance Parole as soon as it arises to avoid delays.
  • Organizational Precision: Ensure your documentation is comprehensive, accurate, and organized, facilitating a smoother review process.
  • Diligent Follow-Up: Keep track of your application’s status and respond promptly to any USCIS inquiries.


The emergency Advance Parole process, while daunting, can be navigated successfully with proper preparation and adherence to USCIS protocols. Immediate action, detailed documentation, and compliance with appointment protocols are essential to securing your emergency Advance Parole. For the most current procedures and personalized advice, consulting with an immigration attorney is highly recommended. Stay informed and prepared to protect your immigration status during urgent travel situations.

This guide integrates critical steps, including initiating your emergency request through direct contact with USCIS, to provide a comprehensive overview for those in need of emergency Advance Parole. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, always refer to the official USCIS website or seek guidance from a reputable immigration law office.