Can I travel while my green card is in process?
Question Details: I will apply for my chage of status in about 6 weeks after my wife gets citizenship. We are already legally married since last summer. We are planning a wedding overseas and we want to leave a country in 6 months for 3 weeks. I would like to know what are the risks that I will not be allowed back in the country? What can I do in case I am not allowed back? I know that it takes up to 8 months to get the green card. However, I know that there is a travel document - Advanced Parole, which I can get within 4 month. I hope that this document can help me to reenter the country. What is the purpose of this document?
You can apply for and use the advance parole travel document while your green card process in in order. However, it may not be safe to use if prior to filing the adjustment of status through your spouse you were in the US unlawfully or out of status. This is something that you should consult with an attorney about if you are uncertain as to whether you should use this or not. The USCIS will issue it to you if you apply for it, but their issuance is not a determination of whether or not it is safe for you to use.