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How long does it take to process an I-131 travel document?

I became a conditional permanent resident of the U.S. through the EB-5 program. I live in New York City. I went to take an I-131 biometrics appointment on Jan 4, 2019. How long does take USCIS to process my application and get the I-131 travel document? Anything I can do to speed it up?

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    It usually takes about four months, but you do not need it to be approved to travel and can have it sent to you abroad.

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    Laily Boutaleb

    Immigration Attorney
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    It varies from location. You can check USCIS for current processing times for the office in which you filed. Keep in mind they are not always exact.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    You only need to be in the U.S. to file and fingerprint, then you can leave and your counsel or family member can send the re-entry permit to you overseas.

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    Anastasia White

    Immigration Attorney
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    It usually takes approximately four to six months after the biometrics (photo, fingerprints) are taken. However, if you are a conditional permanent resident, you most likely applied for re-entry permit (sub kind of travel document) to allow you to stay outside the U.S. for more than one year. You still may travel with your green card, and you do not have to be in the U.S. for USCIS to approve your Form I-131 and issue a re-entry permit to you if your biometrics have been obtained (which usually happens within four to five weeks after submission).

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
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    Processing may take three to six months.

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    Marko Issever

    EB-5 Broker Dealer
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    Typically, the processing of the I-131 is taking four to six months. That said, since you already have a conditional green card you do not need a travel document to travel abroad as long as you do not plan to be away from the U.S. soil for more than six months. If you do intend to be away from the U.S. for more than six months, then you would be well-advised to wait to get your travel document to avoid any future issues. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do to speed up the process.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    It takes 3 to 6 months from filing to getting the document. Based on my experience, getting the biometrics done does not indicate when the travel authorization would be approved, and nothing can really speed it up. However, since you have a green card, you can travel and work with that.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
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    First of all, if you are a conditional permanent resident of the U.S. and you have filed for a U.S. re-entry permit on Form I-131, it will take at least six months or longer to obtain a travel document. It depends upon the time and the USCIS office that has jurisdiction of the matter. But you do not need a U.S. re-entry permit to travel, you can travel at any time based upon your permanent resident card. Typically, if you are out no more than six months, you should have no problem returning. If you are out for more than six months, you have the burden to show that you did not intend to abandon your residency.

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    Belma Chinchoy

    Immigration Attorney
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    It takes 4 to 6 months.

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    Stephen Berman

    Immigration Attorney
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    It takes 4 to 6 months, but the fingerprints are after just a few weeks.

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