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Navigating Emergency Advance Parole: A Step-by-Step Guide to Making an InfoPass Appointment

Directly above photograph of an application for a visa.For nonimmigrants awaiting green card approval in the United States, unforeseen emergencies abroad can pose a significant challenge. However, there’s a solution: obtaining emergency advance parole. This crucial document allows you to leave the U.S. temporarily without jeopardizing your green card application. But how do you secure it? The answer lies in making an InfoPass appointment with your local United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office.

What exactly is an InfoPass appointment, and how can you schedule one efficiently? Here’s a detailed step-by-step guide to help you navigate the process:

  1. Access the USCIS website: Begin by visiting using a computer with internet access.
  2. Language selection: Choose your preferred language from the menu on the left side of the page.

  3. Initiate appointment scheduling: Select “Make your appointment with InfoPass” to proceed with scheduling your appointment.
  4. Enter your Zip Code: Provide your home Zip Code when prompted and click “Continue.”
  5. Select the nearest field office: Choose the field office closest to your location from the search results and proceed by clicking “Continue.”
  6. Specify your service requirement: Select “You need information or other services” to proceed with scheduling an InfoPass appointment.
  7. Complete contact information: Fill out your contact details accurately. You’ll need your A# from your I-485 receipt and the receipt number from your I-131 receipt.
  8. Verify information: Review the provided information for accuracy and click “Continue” if everything is correct.
  9. Choose appointment date and time: Select the earliest available appointment slot from the list provided.
  10. Gather required documentation: Prepare the necessary documents for your appointment, including:
    • Original and copy of your passport
    • Original and copy of your birth certificate (with translation if necessary)
    • All receipt notices related to your green card application
    • Documentation justifying the necessity of your travel outside the U.S.
    • Evidence of a travel itinerary scheduled within the next 48 hours
    • Completed and signed I-131 form, along with two U.S. passport-style photos

It’s essential to note that emergency advance parole is granted at the discretion of the USCIS officer and is typically reserved for cases involving personal, family, or business-related emergencies.

By following these steps and adequately preparing for your InfoPass appointment, you can streamline the process of obtaining emergency advance parole. Remember to provide accurate information and documentation to increase your chances of a successful outcome.

In conclusion, while emergencies abroad can be daunting for nonimmigrants awaiting green card approval, knowing how to navigate the InfoPass appointment system can provide a valuable lifeline. Don’t let unforeseen circumstances derail your immigration journey ā€“ take proactive steps to secure emergency advance parole when needed.

Headshot of Mohammad Ali Syed, principal attorney with the Employmeny Law Group Practice in Bethesda, MDABOUT MOHAMMED SYED

Mohammad Ali Syed is a principal attorney in Offit Kurmanā€™s Immigration Law practice group.

He represents client in business and employment related permanent and temporary visa matters such as: (1) U.S. employers employing non-U.S. nationals in professional and non-professional positions ā€“ H1B, H2B, TN, O, PERM; (2) non-U.S. businesses and individuals such as treaty traders and investors, E-1/E-2, EB-5, EB1A, EB1B (extraordinary ability individuals and researchers), EB2-NIW (national interest waivers); (3) multinational companies with intracompany transfers of employees and principals to their U.S. offices, existing and startups ā€“ L1 and EB1C; (4) Counselling on I-9 compliance, immigration and visa strategy.