Is It Safe for Me to Travel Outside of the U.S.?

Is It Safe for Me to Travel Outside of the U.S.?

When Trump took office in January, 2017 and almost immediately began issuing so-called travel bans, immigrants, including those legally present in the United States, began to worry about not being able to return to the country if they left, whether it was for a funeral, vacation, or a destination wedding. This was particularly the case for nationals of certain foreign countries that were to be included in the travel ban. Detentions at airports and ports of entry became commonplace, that is, until a federal court issued an order invalidating the travel ban. The revised travel ban, to date, has met the same fate. Nonetheless, increased scrutiny at ports of entry seems to have remained the norm as the Trump administration cracks down on immigration law violations. To that end, if you have legal immigration status or are otherwise lawfully in the U.S., you should still carry proof of your status with you when traveling abroad. This would include an unexpired green card, if you have one, along with identifying documents, such as a valid passport or a U.S. driver’s license or state ID card. If you have qualified to participate in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, you may be able to leave the country and then return by applying for advance parole, which the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) grants typically only for humanitarian reasons, such as the death of a family member in your native country. Advance parole can allow you to travel legally out of the U.S. for emergency purposes and later return to the country. In order to apply for advance parole, you must file an application with the local USCIS field office, the requisite filing fee, evidence of your need to travel abroad on an emergency basis, a valid DACA work permit and approval notice, a current passport, and your California state ID or driver’s license. If advance parole is granted, then you should still carry these documents with you while you travel, especially at the port of reentry. Also, please see our recent video regarding traveling outside the country during the Trump administration on DACA based advanced parole! Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., knows federal immigration law and has the experience to guide you and advocate on your behalf throughout any type of deportation proceeding, no matter what the allegations may be. We are familiar with the wide range of defenses that are available to individuals facing deportation, and how to build the strongest defense that is available to you, based on the evidence relevant to your case. Contact your California deportation defense lawyers today, and discover what we can do for you.
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