This post contains resources from American University’s Defending The Dream AU Initiative on Advanced Parole and information on what the program is and how Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients can apply for it. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an Advance Parole document may authorize a non-citizen who is present inside the United States to re-enter the U.S. after temporarily traveling abroad. Applying for Advance Parole is an option for non-citizens such as DACA recipients, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) applicants and recipients, and other categories of non-citizens.
Those who have DACA may apply for Advanced Parole if they are traveling for educational purposes, such as studying abroad or for academic research. DACA recipients may also apply for Advance parole for employment or humanitarian purposes. Without Advanced Parole, DACA recipients who travel outside of the country will immediately lose their DACA status. DACA recipients can use the following resources as an informational guide.
Advanced Parole Resources
- Student Guide: Traveling on Advance Parole for Educational Purposes for Recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): This student guide provides details on Advanced Parole, the application process, and the possible risks.
- Advanced Parole for Educational Purposes: An Info Sessions for DACA Students and University Allies Video: This video features an information session that discusses what Advanced Parole is, who can apply, and the reasons a student may apply for the document. It also features a discussion with DACA recipients who have received and used Advanced Parole.
- Advanced Parole for DACA Recipients: Traveling and Studying Abroad (See below): This document provides an overview of the Advanced Parole for DACA recipients that wish to travel or study abroad.
These resources were developed by American University’s Defending the Dream Initiative in July 2021